SO, I talked in the last blog about what Metabolism is and what it’s affected by – many are things we can’t control, but we can affect our diet and exercise. So while certain foods are not exactly fat burning foods, they do require from the body more calories to be broken down in the digestion process. The other main thing we can affect, is of course our Exercise.
Aim to add intense exercise to your routine 2-3 times a week. Here you will workout to at least 75% of your maximum heart rate for a minimum of 20-30 mins, this could be going for a cycle (or spin class), a swim, a run – outside or on the treadmill, using a cross trainer (eliptical) or rowing machine or in fact any other aerobic exercise. Note – it can be hard to maintain this level, especially at the start of a routine so be sure to build up slowly.
Resistance exercise – the more muscle you have the more fat you will burn (bodybuilders have virtually no body fat, not that that is how you want to look necessarily!), as muscle has a higher energy requirement than fat. This is especially important because after the age of 30 your muscle tone will decrease naturally, so you need to lift weights (resistance work) to help prevent this. You also have the benefit of strengthening your bones, again reducing the risk of osteoporosis in later life ( this affects men as well as women!).
This is a rather strange one but people who fidget or who have incidental movements tend to have faster metabolisms and be thinner – its called NEAT or non-exercise activity thermogenesis (i.e anything which isn’t eating sleeping or organised exercise)
I think its also important to note that some sugar substitutes may adversely affect your metabolism (Aspartame for one), but we will talk more about this with the Detox blog coming soon!
Basically we’re talking about eating less,though more often and the right foods ,moving more and with more intensity and trying to draw out the Arnold (Schwarzenegger) thats in all of us!