Jump Kick Your Metabolism!

April 29, 2015

COULD YOUR PLATEAU BE YOUR METABOLISM IS IN NEED OF A BOOST?

Your metabolism is the rate at which all of the physical and chemical processes in your body use energy. Metabolism refers to the energy used to breathe, circulate blood, control body temperature, contract muscles, digest nutrients, eliminate waste, and power the nervous system. Your metabolism determines the calories you burn. So, if you feel like your weight loss journey has come to a halt or has slowed significantly, here are some tips to give your metabolic rate some momentum!

DRINK WATER
Drinking water can boost your metabolism significantly within minutes and even mild dehydration will slow your metabolism.
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Water can also curb your appetite. While not drinking enough can lead to unnecessary cravings.

So, it is very important to drink water throughout your day!

STOP STRESSING OUT
Stress causes the release of the hormone cortisol, which encourages our bodies to hold on to fat. Release the pressure of stress with a tactic that works for you.
Meditating
Reading
Drinking tea
Deep breathing

LIFT WEIGHTS
Strength training (lifting weights) to build muscle mass is one of the best ways to boost your metabolism. Lifting weights will keep your body burning calories even after you’ve left the gym.

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Muscle uses energy to keep the body functioning and building muscle will require more energy use.  Therefore lifting weights and building muscle will boost your metabolism and help you burn calories faster.

EAT PROTEIN

Protein uses more energy to digest than fat or carbs and will aid in your weight loss meal plan. Eating protein will boost your metabolism as well as keep you feeling full longer.
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You should eat one gram of protein for every pound of lean body mass. Your lean body mass is also known as your muscle mass percentage. It is everything your body is composed of, except fat (muscles, organs, bones, water).

TRY SOME HIIT
Many studies show that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) enhances your metabolism. HIIT promotes fat oxidation and prohibits fat production. Performing HIIT sessions over a period of time is one of the best ways to lose fat while adding or maintaining muscle.

One form of HIIT is to perform a 20-40 second burst of intense cardio followed by 10-30 seconds of recovery for about 20-25 minutes.

Reset your metabolism

With Love,
Mommy Says

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  • Ashley Nelson

    Awesome article! I’ve never lifted weights before because I’m afraid of getting bulky, but now I’m considering it. Usually I run on the treadmill, and every now and then I try the elliptical, but I want more definition. If I did try to incorporate lifting into my routine, how often should I lift per week?

    • Mommy Says Fitness

      If you’ve never lifted before I would start with 2 to 3 times a week… Do upper body one day and lower body the other day. Start off light and let your body get used to being sore. Once your body is used to lifting add in more days. But, it is definitely a good idea to start lifting.. Awesome job!

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