HERE are four simple steps to jumpstart your metabolism so you can burn more calories and boost energy levels.
Step One: Revitalise your diet. This means giving your body the nutrients it needs.
Don’t focus only on calories – make sure you are eating nutrient-dense food.
Include a small handful of nuts as a snack, eat oily fish like salmon and tuna, and eat lots of fruit and vegies.
If you are trying to cut back on calories, then fill at least half your dinner plate with salad or brightly coloured vegetables and eat fruit for dessert.
Step Two: Manage your appetite. Good appetite management will keep your nutrient-rich eating on track.
If you have been overeating for years, then you will need to concentrate on keeping portions down.
Skipping meals can cause your body to go crazy and will have you craving non-nutritious foods, so make sure you eat three nutrient-rich meals a day.
Step Three: Rev up your metabolism.
Now you’ve overhauled your diet and portions, next you need to burn more calories.
When you are on the couch watching TV you burn about one calorie every minute, whereas if you go for a brisk walk you’ll burn five or six calories per minute.
If you start jogging, doing aerobics or playing a vigorous sport, you accelerate your burn rate to about eight or nine calories per minute – or from 60 calories to 540 per hour.
Revving up your metabolism is all about regular movement. Add in some resistance or weight training and your metabolism increases even further.
Step Four: Rebalance your mood. Now you have your diet, appetite and fitness under control, you need to manage your stress.
Research shows that stress, poor time management, family events and emotions can stop your fitness/health program.
The links between mood and body chemistry centre on the chemical cortisol.
Stress or low mood can elevate cortisol levels, which increases appetite and body fat storage.
Make sure you get organised, take time out to relax and do things you enjoy – just for you.
Leanne Shorter is a registered fitness trainer with Fitness Australia. Contact her online at www.resistitbands.com.