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Wake-Up Your Metabolism

By DuPage Medical Group

A healthy diet and physical activity are key to a high metabolism and calorie burning. Sometimes, it’s just difficult to do though. Here are a few everyday ideas to kick-start your metabolism and burn extra calories throughout the day.

Drink Up

Water is essential for the human body to function properly. Drinking 8-12, 8oz glasses of water each day can also help you stay alert and keep your metabolism running properly. You can also heat up some green tea in the morning or afternoon for an extra boost of alertness and fat-burning excellence.

Eat Colorfully

Incorporate green avocado and celery, pink grapefruit and salmon, and tan whole grains into your diet. These foods can also support metabolism increase and they make delicious meals! Also, a good breakfast each morning will start your day off right. Eat eggs, oatmeal, and fruit in the morning to support metabolism and energy levels.

Get Moving

Lifting weights can help you lose a few extra pounds each year. A great way to maximize results is to count to 3 slowly when you lower weights back down onto their platform. Also try interval training on a bike, elliptical, or treadmill. These techniques will all help boost metabolism. Finally, remember to take a healthy dose of iron. You can get iron through foods such as iron-fortified cereals, beans, spinach and broccoli.

Nix the Alcoholic Drinks

Metabolizing alcohol can have a detrimental effect on other metabolic processes in your body. Alcohol contains empty calories and because it cannot be stored in the body it must be metabolized right away. Not only does alcohol contain zero nutrients, but it also can impair your body’s ability to absorb the necessary nutrients and vitamins from food. It’s okay to treat yourself every now and then, but try not to make a habit of consuming large amounts of alcohol.

 


Topics and Subtopics: Fitness & Exercise & Health & Diet

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