7 Metabolism Boosters – Part 1
“7 Metabolism Boosters” contains 7 proven steps and strategies on how to increase your metabolism and begin burning that unwanted body fat! Many people underestimate how important the metabolism is in terms of weight loss, and by reading this, you will be jump-starting your journey towards health and fitness, and really have a shot at success.
In part 1 of this three part article, we are going to cover what exactly the metabolism is and explain how you can leverage the knowledge of macronutrients to your advantage. In part 2 we will cover all about super foods that have been proven to increase your metabolism, and in part 3 we will discuss exercises that have been proven to boost your metabolism for days on end.
Let’s jump into exactly how you can begin to increase your metabolism today and start burning that fat.
What is metabolism?
You have probably heard people talk about the metabolism and speak on how important it is to lose weight, but really, what exactly is the metabolism?The definition has been a confusion among many people and they mostly use the word in the wrong context. To quote dictionary.com, the definition they give is, “the sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available.”
This is why people are always trying to emphasize the importance of having, or increasing one’s metabolism. If you can burn more calories throughout the day, it will be much easier for you to lose weight, and maintain your weight over the long haul. Of course there are many factors that will play a role in one’s metabolism being slower or faster, and we will not go too deep into this matter, but for the most part, many people will have the ability to increase ones metabolism through food, diet, exercise, and mental well-being. With that being said, in later articles we will cover some superfoods that you should begin implementing into your diet if you want to increase your metabolism and better your chances of losing that stubborn fat!
Eat a Macro-Based Diet
Macronutrients are composed of fats, protein, and carbohydrates. A macronutrient diet focuses on finding the right balance of these fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, in order to achieve a better body composition.
The benefits of a good supply of protein to your health are quite numerous. If you practice your workouts faithfully, you will need considerable amounts of protein, because your workouts would begin to tell on your muscles. Protein is essential for maintaining lean muscle mass and repairing muscle tissue. The amino acids in proteins are basically the building blocks of muscles. It also energizes your muscles, strengthens your immune system, and may even add one or two inches to your weight.
Good sources of protein are not hard to come by, white eggs contain as much as six grams of protein, only be sure to take out the yolks.
Carbohydrates are your body’s first source of fuel and energy because they are the easiest to metabolize. Carbohydrates are also very important to your body’s organ and brain functionalities. Carbohydrates transport protein to your muscles. They also help protect your muscles, because your body will burn those carbohydrates for fuel instead of your main muscle.
Fats protect your heart, cushion your joint and it is essential for brain function and memory. Depending on your activity, fats will be your body’s second source of fuel and energy. It also helps your body absorb vitamins A, E, D and K. Keep in mind that contrary to common misconceptions, fats are not the enemy, at least not all fats.
Fats contained in foods like fish oil and flaxseed oils must find a place in your weight loss diets because they won’t make you fat. On the contrary, they are excellent body metabolism drivers, hair and skin supplements, and if as a man; you are interested in a powerful sex drive, don’t joke with them.
Macronutrients and your meal plan
In planning your meal, it is important to keep in mind that a gram of protein is equivalent to 4 calories. Same goes for carbohydrates, while one gram of fat is equivalent to 9 calories. To help you better understand the importance of macronutrients, it helps to think of the body like a car.
Carbohydrates are the fuel; they determine how far your car can go. Fats are the oil which determines how well your car runs, and protein is like the frame or the structure of your car which is really important to your car’s longevity. Your body is the only car you get for the rest of your life, so it is important to take care of it.
A great starting point for weight loss is 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates, and 20 percent fat. If you wish to cut that but maintain lean muscle mass, try 45 percent protein, 35 percent carbohydrates and 25 percent fat. For gaining muscle mass, shoot for 35 percent protein, 45 percent carbohydrates, and 20 percent fat. For example, let us look at a 2000 calorie diet for someone trying to lose weight. The macronutrient diet would be 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates, and 20 percent fat. Translated into grams, this would amount to 200 grams of protein, 200 grams of carbohydrates and 44 grams of fat.
Carbohydrates should be consumed earlier in the day, and fats may be consumed later in the afternoon in order to give you enough energy to last the rest of the day. When you work out, you do not want to burn lean muscle, so on heavier workout days, it is important to consume carbohydrates.
To get started with a macro based meal plan, first, you have to know how many calories your body needs in order to reach your specific daily goal.
Be sure to read Part 2 of this article, where we will discuss the best foods to boost your metabolism.