5 Things To Maintain A Healthy Metabolism
One of the main purposes of your metabolic system is to convert fuel into energy, so when you’re looking to burn fat, having a healthy metabolism is key. If you’re finding it difficult to lose fat, it may be because your metabolism is working slower than it should be. Here’s some tips to help it reach its full potential.
1. Move more! Of course and lift weights. Just in case you are thinking that weights will make you bulky then think again. We are here to tell you that they WILL NOT. Unless you are on a strict diet and perhaps taking something synthetic to boost testosterone levels then we promise, you will be ok and the only thing happening here is energy burning!
2. Your overall gut health affects every system of your body, including your metabolic system. Make sure your gut is full of good bacteria by staying away from processed foods, eating plenty of prebiotic and probiotic rich foods and lowering your alcohol intake.
3. Get enough sleep. Your body can’t function properly without it! So many good things happen when we are sleeping but for the purpose of metabolism, in a nutshell, lack of sleep increases Ghrelin (your hunger hormone) and decreases Leptin (a hormone that signals satiety). When this happens, guess what, you have more cravings and unless you are superhuman you will eventually cave into them cause you to make bad choices.
4. Stay away from juices and sports drinks. Unless you’re an endurance athlete these are a big no no. They are full of sugars and carbohydrates - which your body will store if you’re not doing the relative amount of exercise to balance it out and subsequently slows your metabolism right down. We’ve said it a million times, and we’ll say it again - drink more water!
5. Make sure your portion sizes are right. Even when snacking on healthy options like nuts, too much and it’s bad news! See our previous blog on portion size to get a visual of what this looks like.
Move more, look after your gut, sleep well, drink lots of water and watch your portions and you’ll be well on your way to ensuring your metabolism is working at just the right speed for your body.
Iona is a fully qualified personal trainer, specialising in supporting those with CFS, M.E. & Fibromyalgia. She is also a business owner, writer and mental health awareness advocate, with a strong belief that health and fitness should be accessible and inclusive of everyone.