Breakfast has Always been the Most Important Meal of the Day
A fast metabolism is not something that is here today and gone tomorrow. In
order to speed up your metabolism, you must maintain a healthy diet and exercise
program for the majority of the time.
A fast metabolism is part of a chain. Breakfast every day is an
important part of that chain.
Break fast. Breakfast breaks the fast of your sleep. By fueling
your body properly with a good amount of complex carbohydrates and protein you
will jump start your body and start the calorie burning furnace of your
metabolism out right.
Without breakfast your body will slow down your metabolism. This is
protective response your body automatically goes through commonly referred to as
For most people, being in the their desired shape requires exercise.
Exercise and breakfast are best friends in that breakfast fuels the repair of
and building of muscle and the fuel for muscles needed to perform optimal
Sample Healthy Breakfast for Boosting Metabolism
1 Cup oatmeal / granola with flax meal, berries or fruit, milk/yogurt, 1-2
eggs prepared to your desire.
4. Increase Food Frequency
Eat Less by Eating More... Often
What happens after your large Thanksgiving day meal? zzzzzzzzzzz
This is because large meals require your body to slow down other bodily
functions so it can divert most of it's energy for digestion.
While digestion is a metabolic process which requires your body to burn some
calories, constant large meals will slow down your metabolism not speed it up.
Small frequent meals and snacks will keep your hunger in check as well as
constant fuel for your muscles.
Your digestive system will run more efficiently allowing your body to burn
calories most efficiently for all of your body's systems thus increasing the
Attempt to balance your meals and snacks with the correct levels of
carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
The key word is consume. Water can be consumed many more ways than
simply drinking your 64 ounces per day.
Foods high in water content tend to be high in vitamins, minerals and
antioxidants which are crucial for maintaining a fast metabolism.
Dehydration can slow down the metabolism because your body consists of 60%
water in which most cellular reactions take place. Lack of water means
less efficient cellular reactions. Less efficient cellular reactions means
your entire body functions less efficiently.
Numerous studies have associated proper hydration levels with more efficient
weight loss and a faster metabolism.
It is difficult to tell whether you are dehydrated or not. Drink it up,
it's free and you really have no excuse not to consume enough water.
Sample Foods with High Water Content
Sweet potatoes, broccoli, apples, asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach,
squash, & most fresh fruits and vegetables.
Consume More of the Calories which Burn more Calories
Want to know a "secret" about foods which raise your metabolism?
All natural whole foods help increase your metabolism.
There are hundreds of lists which have the top metabolism boosting foods, and
all of them differ.
This is because most natural, unprocessed foods contain different properties
which help elevate your metabolism.
Processed, packaged foods have already been broken down by the food
processing. When you consume processed foods, your body requires little or
no energy to digest them while natural foods increase the caloric expenditure of
digestion while containing less calories which will help you stay lean.
Sample Metabolism Boosting Foods
Limit your grocery store shopping to the dairy, produce and meat department
and you will have a metabolism boosting diet which will support you active
fitness lifestyle and keep you lean and fit.
There is No Substitute for Intense Exercise
To understand the benefit of intense exercise you can look at it this way.
Low intensity exercise burns calories while you exercise while intense
exercise burns calories 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Since you are only exercising for a fraction of the time which you are
resting, intense exercise will have the most effect on your metabolism.
The benefits of intense exercise are ageless. Whether you go from a
sedentary activity level with no exercise, or a moderate activity level with
some low intensity exercise, performing intense exercise will help you
drastically increase your metabolism.
Intense exercise will improve your body composition. The maintenance of
your muscle mass burns more calories than your fat stores and intense exercise
happens to be the best way to reduce fat and gain muscle.
Exercise intensity is how close the weight is to your 1 repetition maximum
lift during weight training and how high you can maintain your heart rate during
continuous aerobic exercise.
Any exercise will speed up your metabolism but a mixture which includes high
intensity exercise will do the most for your metabolism.