Feeling more tired than usual? Have you noticed you have no energy to enjoy activities with friends and family? You may wish to consider looking into your metabolism. Metabolic rate is calculated by how fast (or slow) your body processes food that becomes energy. If the metabolic rate is slow it leads to accumulation of fats and sugars in the system, causing you to gain weight. Alternately, if you have a high metabolic rate, you will be able to burn off calories faster and be able to ward off the extra weight. Factors such as genetics, weight and age do affect our metabolism, and we have little control over them, but we are able to influence our metabolism to work for us not against us.
The food and diet choices we make, and the amount of exercise we get can mean the difference between a metabolic rate on fire and burning calories and fat, and a sluggish rate that provides you with little energy and unhealthy weight.
Morning is the best time to affect the process of your metabolism. If you eat within an hour of waking up, it will spark off the metabolic process called thermogenesis, which turns the food into energy. Eating early is also an ideal opportunity for treating yourself to high calorie foods. So if you cannot stop thinking about the desert you want with dinner tonight, eat it with breakfast instead and you have all day to burn it off!
Skipping breakfast makes the metabolism rate slow down for the entire day. When we do not provide our body with the adequate amount of food, the brain signals it to conserve energy and store fats instead of burning them.
Exercise Using Weights or Strength Training
Now that you have plenty of energy from your healthy breakfast, opt for some exercise to keep your metabolism in top shape for the rest of the day. Exercises that work the muscle groups, lead to wear and tear. As the muscles begin to recover (and rebuild), they burn fat cells to get energy. Even during the time when you rest, your muscles are repairing themselves and burning calories at the same time! So, if you include a 10 minute metabolism-boosting workout, into your morning exercise routine, you will continue to burn calories throughout the rest of your day.
Eating Too Late
Many people have the opinion that how late we eat is not relevant to weight gain, as long as the calories we consume are within range of those we burn. However, eating late affects the body in a very different way. When you eat food it needs to be digested and absorbed. When you consume it at night or closer to your bed time, your body cannot efficiently process the food, thereby depriving you of important nutrients.