Thursday, November 20, 2008

How to kick-start your metabolism!!

The holiday season is approaching and tasty treats await...One year is reaching its end. How did you treat your body these last eleven months? Did you treat it like a high-end Maserati engine or did you treat it like a clunky pick-up truck engine, plying it with fast food and junk?

Time to get back to the basics then if your answer was the second. Eating without discretion makes your metabolism sluggish, piles on the pounds and leeches out your energy. Here are some helpful tips to kickstart your metabolism and rev it up!!! Soon you'll probably be brimming with energy and cruising along like that snazzy Maserati!!! Having a high metabolism allows you to burn more calories passively: when sitting, standing or sleeping.

First of all, take a good hard look at yourself. Be objective. Note down what food you take in every day (yes, that tiny bite of chocolate and that giant bowl of popcorn at the movies count too!!) and notice how your energy levels are.

Always eat breakfast!

Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day! Water helps your metabolism function at full efficiency rather than sugar-laden fruit juices or sodas and dehydrating drinks like coffee, tea and alcohol.

Eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than 3 large meals! This provides a regular supply of energy and keeps you active rather than eating a large meal. When you eat large meals, more blood is directed to your digestion which in turn makes you sleepy and lethargic.

Exercise for at least 3 times a week! Exercise ups your metabolism even after the actual workout. It also keeps you toned and supple.

Reduce carbohydrate intake! Reduce your intake of starchy carbohydrates like spaghetti and rice and try to avoid processed foods. When you eat too much carbs especially those with a high glycemic index, your blood sugar spikes and the extra carbs get stored as fat.

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