Even when you’re technically resting, your body doesn’t slow down for a minute – whether it’s circulating blood, repairing cells, or modulating hormones. And, although it might seem like a no-brainer, your body requires a certain number of calories to carry out each of these basic functions. Your metabolism best describes this process by which your body converts food into energy. This is a complex, biochemical event, where the calories in food and beverages combine with oxygen to release the energy that you need to carry out various activities, is determined by several factors, including:
• Body size and composition
But, is it possible to change your metabolic rate? Even though your metabolism is generally fairly stable, there are ways to ramp it up, and consuming certain foods is one way! Here are 5 of our recommendations:
Lean Meats – Studies have shown that protein can increase your post-meal calorie burn by as much as 35 percent. Because of this, experts recommend eating fresh, lean meats, such as poultry and fish. What’s more, protein is required for building muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is. So, don’t hesitate to calculate the amount of protein your body needs daily to thrive!
Beans – Beans are an excellent source of fiber. Like protein, your body uses up a lot of energy when it breaks down the fiber, keeping your metabolism in good and working order. The high fiber content of beans also helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady and prevent that mid-afternoon and/or after-dinner sugar cravings. It’s a win-win in our book!
Nuts – Nuts are another great source of protein and fiber. Research has shown that people, who eat nuts regularly, tend to have a lower risk of insulin resistance and smaller waist sizes than those who don’t eat them at all. When you have lower insulin resistance, your body is less likely to store fat or develop type 2 diabetes. Again, nuts take longer to break down, which makes them better for your metabolism.
Whole Grains – Whole grains are complex carbohydrates that contain many nutrients, particularly B vitamins. Researchers have found that consuming whole grains increases your post-meal energy expenditure up to 50 percent more than eating processed foods. It also takes your body longer to break them down, so your metabolism is burning steadily for a longer period.
Fermented Foods – Fermented foods, such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut, help to increase the number of good bacteria in your gut. A study performed in the past decade showed that when adults ate about 1/2 cup of probiotic yogurt at dinner every night for six weeks, they lost 3 to 4 percent body fat. The bacteria in foods, like yogurt, are largely responsible for this weight loss by promoting good digestion.
The Link Apartments in Houston, Texas is committed to making sure that our residents can live their best life! By taking advantage of our tips & tricks, we hope that you can easily maintain—and even improve— your normal routine.