Metabolism refers to how the cells utilise the energy we have absorbed from food during digestion. It is important to remember that even when you’re resting, your body needs energy to function (to breath, circulate blood, adjust hormone levels and grow and repair cells, etc). The number of calories your body requires to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate or what you might call metabolism. Today, I’m sharing my top 6 tips to boost your metabolism.
Increase your Omega-3’s – salmon, tuna, flax seeds and chia seeds are great sources. My Choc Chia Pudding is a great source of Omega 3.
Eat regularly – eat every 4 hours by consuming 3 meals and 2 snacks each day. This is an example of a Day On My Plate.
Protein – each meal and snack should contain protein. Protein requires a lot of energy to break down, which in turn boosts your metabolism. Every meal should contain a palm sized portion of protein which equates to 100-150g of chicken breast. You can read more about protein here.
Breakfast – most important meal of the day and should be your largest meal of the day, with dinner being the smallest meal of the day. Aim to eat no later than 30 minutes after rising. Here are my favourite breakfast options.
Build muscle – a higher muscle mass results in a higher metabolic rate. Strength training is fantastic. Consume protein no later than 30 mins after exercise to assist with muscle recovery. My favourite protein smoothie is my Choc Berry Protein Smoothie.
Drink water – at least 2L each day. Your body needs to be well hydrated in order to burn calories. If you struggle to drink water, try my Homemade Vitamin Water.
Do you have any other tips to add to the list?