4 Ways To Speed Up Your Metabolism

You’re burning calories right now while reading this. Credit your metabolism, which is the chemical process your body uses to convert food into energy. The faster your metabolism, the more energy your body exerts, even while sitting still.

Here are some simple ways to get that metabolism going:

Eat breakfast: One common thread often seen between overweight people is that they hardly ever eat breakfast. Fueling your body with what it needs will help to get your metabolism revved up, and when that happens, you can burn fat.

Stay hydrated: Hydration boosts your energy. Without enough liquids, your body’s constant production of important enzymes (including those needed to produce energy) slows down. Cells without the right balance of fluids and electrolytes will contract, making you feel tired. Staying hydrated also helps you digest food. Drink enough water to keep your metabolism humming and efficient.

Strength training: When used properly, free weights and resistance-training machines force your muscles to work in short, quick bursts. Multiple studies show that your metabolism may run at a high level up to 24 hours after intense weight training.

Cardio intervals: A study by the National Institutes of Health found that subjects placed a five-week regimen of sprints followed by short periods of rest lost more than three times as much fat as a group that performed consistent-level endurance exercise.

Gwinnett Medical Center’s Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center offers metabolism testing. You can check your metabolism using MedGem, a hand-held device that accurately measures how many calories your body burns. Your consultation with a registered dietitian includes a meal plan based on your metabolism. Call 678-312-6040 to speak with one of registered dieticians or visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/dnec for more information.


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