5 Fun Tips To Keep You Fit
When it comes to staying fit, you have understood how your metabolism works. Defined as the rate at which your body burns calories, it's the biological mechanism that spells the difference between you being fit and fabulous or overweight and lethargic. You feel great when your metabolism is functioning perfectly. However, you feel terrible if it isn'. Slow metabolism is likely to result in weight gain.Â
Here's how you can ensure that your metabolism functions properly:
1. Drink water.Â
Water is needed for every metabolic process in every cell in the body. If you're not getting enough of it, everything slows down. Your cells won't be able to do their functions well. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day so that your body operates efficiently.
2. Eat more often -- but ditch heavy dinners.Â
Eating five to six small meals a day will ensure that your body will be continuously metabolizing nutrients. But, if you eat a large meal right before you sleep, the unused calories turn into fat. To prevent this, grab a snack by four in the afternoon so you won't overeat at dinner. Have dinner long before your bedtime -- say, around seven in the evening. Resist the urge to raid the fridge later on. Make sure, though, that the stuff you eat is healthy. You should avoid processed food as much as possible.Â
3. Consume great protein.Â
Protein has been shown to boost thermo-genesis, which is the creation body heat that prompts the burning of calories. Studies show that protein can significantly raise your metabolic rate. You can get your much-needed protein from lean meat, seafood and poultry. Grill, boil or bake your protein sources. Frying them would just cancel their benefits.
4. Tea it up.Â
Studies show that the caffeine and catechin polyphenols that are found in green tea interact to create a thermogenic effect in your body. These ingredients work together to speed up the fat oxidation in your body. Drinking a cup of green tea each day helps burn body fat. Keep in mind that you shouldn't overdo this, as too much caffeine will keep you up past your bedtime.
5. Get moving.Â
Sustained exercise (such as an hour of walking around the neighborhood) gets more oxygen pumped into your cells. So you get an increased metabolism after sweating it out. If you can't find time to exercise, you can just go up and down the stairs or do simple stretching exercises.