Many women blame a slow metabolism for the fact that they struggle to lose weight. Your metabolism refers to the rate at which your body burns kilojoules, and although there are quite a few factors influencing this rate – like your diet and age – there are a couple of things you can do to speed up your metabolism.
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6. Skip the alcohol
The body processes fluids easier and faster than solids. So if you have a glass of wine with your dinner, chances are that your body will first process the kilojoules in the wine and then leave the kilojoules from the food unprocessed. According to research, people who consume a few glasses of alcohol before meals are more inclined to have a second helping than those who don’t.
7. Low GI is good
Low-GI foods will stabilise your blood sugar levels after you’ve had a meal. When these levels fluctuate all the time, we’re inclined to reach for something sweet to try and stabilise them. Our metabolism isn’t able to keep up with the continual changes and slows down in the process.
8. Eat early
As your metabolism – like most other body processes – slows down while you sleep, you should preferable not have supper less than three hours before bed time. Supper is also supposed to be the lightest meal of the day.
9. Get enough sleep
When you’re tired and exhausted, your body doesn’t have enough energy to perform its daily functions – like burning kilojoules. If you want to speed up your metabolism in order to lose weight fast, you have to get at least seven hours per night’s shut-eye.
10. Supercharge your exercise program
Include interval exercises with your usual exercise routine. If you like jogging, sprint for 30 seconds every few metres. If you enjoy walking on the treadmill, increase the gradient every now and then. (If you prefer walking outside, take another route for a change and confront that hill you’ve been avoiding for so long.) By increasing your heart rate, you will burn more kilojoules, therefore helping your metabolism to speed up.