Metabolism is a powerful word for all that it does to change our bodies, burn through calories, and convert the food we eat into the energy needed to power just about everything we do. All of our physical movements to our brain function is a result of metabolism. There are several things that we can do to kickstart that popular metabolism. Some of those factors are the food that we eat, the physical activities that we engage in, as well as the amount of muscle mass that we have.
The first is related to what we eat. Every time that we consume food, our metabolism is triggered to increase. Don’t be fooled however, by thinking that we can overload our bodies with refined sugar or carbs and metabolism will then take care of those excess empty calories. The lack of nutrition in those types of foods will negatively outweigh any benefit of metabolism. Hence the term, “you are what you eat.” If we fill our plates with rich nutrients from the earth and avoid processed foods and sugars, metabolism will work to our benefit each time we eat.
Secondly, consider various physical activities that will best improve the amount of energy that we are using to complete that movement. For example, to spend the next 20 minutes efficiently revving our metabolism, it would be wise to engage in HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) versus just a basic 20-minute walk. Intentionally raising and lowering heart rate, which occurs during HIIT, will raise metabolic rate more so than a constant heart rate would. To burn fat, we want to focus on that heart rate variation versus a constant high heart rate, which ultimately burns sugar and can atrophy muscle mass as well, depending on the level of exertion. Resistance training is also a good choice for affecting our metabolism positively.
One last area to consider is the amount of muscle mass that we carry on our skeletal structure. The more muscle that we have, the higher our metabolism functions. Increasing muscle directly corresponds to the more calories than our body will burn at rest each day.