People almost always blame diet and insufficient physical activity when they gain weight and usually they have right, but, there are also people who although they live a healthy life, still find it difficult to get their excess weight.
Metabolism is the process of converting calories into energy. The speed of metabolism is the speed at which this conversion process takes place. In spite of fact that metabolism does not determine your weight by itself, calories are the key factor for that, still metabolism is a mechanism that burns calories and decides how many calories the body needs.
About 50-70% of those calories are used for the body’s basic functions, such as breathing, blood circulation, cell growth and regeneration etc. This is also called basal metabolism. Additional 10% are used for digestion and absorption of food and the rest (about 20%) serve to keep the body physically active.
There are several important factors that affect your metabolism:
Age: Metabolism slows down by 5% every decade after age of 40. Loss of muscle mass is the reason for this.
Gender: Men have faster metabolism than women. Men’s metabolism is thought to be 10-15% faster than metabolism in women.
Genes: Some people simply have fast metabolism from birth.
Body shape: People who have more muscle have faster metabolism.
There are several ways you can accelerate your metabolism. In addition to this article, we offer you some helpful tips that will help you to speed up your metabolism and thus the digestion of food. The faster the metabolism, the sooner the body will expel the fat from itself.
Natural Ways To Boost Your Metabolism And Lose Weight Faster
Lemon and Warm Water
beside that lemon and warm water in a morning on an empty stomach will help you to rehydrate your body faster, will help you with digestion, warm water with lemon will also boost your metabolism.
Studies have shown that certain spices act like metabolism boosters. Spices like red peppers, chili, ginger, coriander, cayenne contain a bioactive compound called capsaicin which boosts metabolism by up to 25%.
Some beverages which are rich in caffeine like coffee or tea for example may help to boost your metabolic rate. Just keep in mind to not overdo those beverages, 2-3 cups per day are more than enough.
When your body is dehydrated it cannot burn fat, so you will lose less weight. Dehydration decrease metabolic rate by 2%. 8 cups or 2 liters of water is recommended DV.
Small but frequent meals are keeping metabolism in high gear. Frequent and healthy meals staves your body off hunger and controls blood sugar. All this result in eating less which then result in maintaining body weight.
During exposure to stress, the body produces more hormone cortisol, which has repeatedly shown to be a important factor that slows down the metabolism. A study conducted at Ohio University in 2014 showed that women who are under stress for 24 hours burn 100 calories less.
Alcohol weakens the liver which is the most important organ for the metabolism. Beer and wine are full of sugar and this kind of alcohol enhances appetite.