How To Increase Your Metabolism Naturally
If you are interested in optimizing your health, managing your body weight, and looking – and feeling – your best, one element of your health that you need to understand is your metabolism and how to increase your metabolism naturally. But what does metabolism mean? You’ve likely heard this term multiple times over when reading articles, hearing trainers or other fitness people talk, or in the latest diet book you’ve picked up recently. Metabolism. It comes with many mixed ideas. Some people tend to think of a slow metabolism when they hear the term, or they tend to immediately think of what types of metabolism boosters are available to speed it up. Everyone always wants to know how to increase metabolism to burn fat faster. This is the general consensus in today’s world. Simply put, your metabolism is the sum of all the reactions and events that take place on a cellular level on a day to day basis. Essentially, this is how much energy you burn day in and day out. Now as you can imagine, your metabolism is constantly changing. It’s going to be far different if you were out running a mile compared to what it is with you sitting at your desk or on the couch reading this right now. Each type of activity requires a much different level of energy expenditure and it’s your metabolism that dictates this.
The Parts Of Your MetabolismYour metabolism can be divided up into three different parts. They are:
- Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
- Your Activity Factor
- The Thermic Effect Of Food
- Whether or not you’ve performed strength training or high intensity anaerobic exercise
- Your total lean body mass level (body fat percentage)
- The climate that you live in
- Whether or not you are on a lower calorie diet (low calorie dieting results in a slow metabolism)
- How hydrated you are
- The level of stress your body is facing
- How much sleep you’ve had the previous nights before
The Bucket Theory Of OptimizationWhen talking about metabolism, I like to refer to it as my bucket theory of optimization. Essentially, you have a number of resources available to you on a day to day basis. This includes things like enzymes, probiotics, fats, proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals. In addition to this, you also have water and oxygen if you want to go one step further. All of these are inside your body, hard at work to help deliver you energy while ensuring all the systems of your body are working as they should. Consider this your ‘bucket’. All of these things are tossed in and when your bucket is full, your body is running like a well-oiled machine. What happens now if you start to take out some of those things? Let’s say you remove half the carbs and decrease the level of enzymes in your system? As a result of this, changes occur and your body isn’t going to run as well as it should. Basically, you’ve just downgraded your metabolism. There are two ways that this can happen.
- You can fail to provide enough of the resources.
- You can deplete the resources due to outside circumstances.
- You have more day to day energy and don’t experience that mid-afternoon crash that you used to
- You’re able to burn fat and/or build muscle faster than you used to
- Your exercise performance has gone up
- You no longer suffer from headaches through the day like you may have used to
- You’re falling ill less often
- Your mood has improved
How To Increase MetabolismEvery decision you make on a daily basis is going to impact your metabolism in one way or another. Therefore, you want to be only doing those things that are going to impact your metabolism in a favorable manner to reach that state of optimization. Multiple factors come into play here.
- Food choices