ME­TAB­O­LISM DIET

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Up your me­tab­o­lism and lose weight. We show you how!

A SLOW ME­TAB­O­LISM – THE SYMP­TOMS

If you strug­gle to lose weight de­spite strict di­et­ing, can’t keep weight off af­ter los­ing it or if you store most of your weight around your waist, it could mean you have a slow me­tab­o­lism. Sleep­ing poorly, con­stantly be­ing tired, not re­cov­er­ing well from ex­er­cise or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­treme fluc­tu­a­tions in hunger, mood or ir­ri­tabil­ity are also tell­tale signs.

THE IN­FLU­ENCE OF THE FOOD YOU EAT

Food re­quires di­ges­tion and ab­sorp­tion be­fore it can be used as en­ergy or stored. Th­ese pro­cesses re­quire en­ergy. Some foods use more en­ergy to metabolise and th­ese are the ones to eat to in­crease your meta­bolic rate. Foods rich in pro­tein, for ex­am­ple, will use more en­ergy com­pared to car­bo­hy­drates or fat. And high­fi­bre car­bo­hy­drates such as fruit or green, leafy veg­eta­bles re­quire more work to digest than re­fined car­bo­hy­drates such as white bread, con­fec­tionery and food with added sug­ars. Medium­chain fats such as dairy prod­ucts also need more en­ergy to metabolise than other com­mon fats, such as those found in but­ter or palm and other veg­etable oils, and could be ben­e­fi­cial in boost­ing me­tab­o­lism too. Green tea, caf­feine and chill­ies also con­tain com­pounds that can ac­tively stim­u­late me­tab­o­lism for brief pe­ri­ods.

THE IN­FLU­ENCE OF EX­ER­CISE

Ac­tive mus­cles, a harder pump­ing heart and in­creased breath­ing re­quire more en­ergy, so as we ex­er­cise our me­tab­o­lism nat­u­rally in­creases. Even af­ter an ex­er­cise ses­sion, our me­tab­o­lism stays el­e­vated as our mus­cles re­cover. This is more ev­i­dent af­ter high­in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing where the ses­sions are short but very in­tense. Ex­er­cises that in­clude some strength train­ing also in­crease mus­cle mass, which is one of the best ways to boost your me­tab­o­lism while at rest.

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