As most doctors will tell you, weight problems emerge when the calories you burn are no longer enough to compensate for the calories you take in.

It can happen that you’ve religiously worked on burning off extra calories through regular exercise, and this may have worked for you for several years.

However, did you know that you’ll reach a point when no matter how much you diet and exercise, you may have a hard time maintaining your weight?

That’s because losing weight is not as simple as correlating it with your metabolic rate.

A number of other factors affect the process by which the food you eat is converted into energy. Age, for instance, causes metabolism to slow down by 5% each decade.

As you grow older, your muscle mass diminishes and your metabolic rate dips accordingly.

But should you allow yourself to be defeated by the aging process?

Of course not.

There is a lot of hope for figure-conscious women to still increase their metabolism rates. Below are six simple and easy ways to do so:

  1. Take Small But Frequent Meals:

    Crash diets generally fail to work because instead of speeding up your metabolism, which is a guaranteed method to shave off excess pounds, it even slows down in order to conserve energy.

    In the process, your body also tends to accumulate fat to be used as an energy source.

    When you take small portions of food at regular intervals, say, 6 meals a day every 3 hours, your body will soon realize that there’s no sense in storing fat since there’s a regular supply.

    (For more on this be sure to check out my earlier blog post Video: Why you shouldn’t cut back on calories for weight loss? )

  2. Exercise On A Daily Basis:

    This eats away at the fat lingering in unwanted places. Running, swimming, or doing 15-minute sessions on your elliptical or treadmill if you can’t venture outdoors can all help activate your metabolic rate.

    (And… if you’ve missed these simple exercise videos earlier… check em out:
    10 Resistance Band Exercises You Can Do At Home
    3 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Walking Exercise
    3 Simple Office Exercises for Busy Women

    you’ll find plenty more by searching past blog post, simply scroll to the top of this page & enter a topic in the search box — right-hand-side)

  3. Have Metabolism-Boosting Drinks:

    Drink lots of water as it increases metabolism and is also an appetite suppressant.

    (For more about the magic power of water check out: Dr B. Discovers The Root Cause Of Most Pains And Diseases In An ‘8 Minute Lucky Accident’)

    Both green tea and coffee contain caffeine which speeds up your heart. The faster your heartbeat, the higher your metabolism rate.

    However, if you are not keen on the occasional cup of Java, go for green tea which is said to contain epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC) – a powerful antioxidant. Thus, not only will green tea help improve your metabolism; it can help prevent cancer as well.

  4. Eat Metabolism-Boosting Foods:

    Fruits and vegetables, as we know, are packed with nutrients and fiber.

    The more nutrient-dense your food is, the more your body has to work to digest it and extract its precious nutrients.

    Apart from aiding metabolism, fruits such as oranges and grapefruit are rich in Vitamin C which has been shown to facilitate the burning of fat.

    Cereals, pasta, and bread from whole grains are rich in fiber and improve metabolism by slowing down insulin release. Lean beef, pork, turkey, and chicken, as well as salmon and tuna, are excellent protein choices.

    Proteins are harder to digest than carbs or fats and having them in your daily diet would keep your metabolism active.

  5. Take advantage of the “after-burn effect” and lift weights when you can. Did you know that a single weightlifting session can improve your metabolism for up to 2 days post-workout?
  6. Have A Medical Check-Up:

    Metabolism is affected by your thyroid gland activity.If there is some deficiency, you’ll be carrying excess weight no matter how much you follow the other tips. Ask your doctor about herbal dietary supplements that are formulated to improve your thyroid gland activity.

Have a great metabolism-boosting week :-)

M. Jamal

If you’ve checked out my last blog post “Metabolism – What Is It and Why Should It Matter?” you’re probably searching for simple ways to boost your metabolism. Every little helps.

Well, I’ll share with you 6 ways to boost your metabolism in my next blog post… for today, here’s a video that covers the same topic and goes into things like:

  • How to use spicy foods to boost your metabolism (at 00:20)
  • Drinking an extra 1.5 liters a day of this can burn an additional 17000 calories (equivalent of 5 pounds) in a year (at 1:20)
  • Try this to boost your metabolic rate for 3 to 5 hours (at 3:00)
  • Foods that sabotage your metabolism – avoid these metabolic busters! (at 4:15)

M. Jamal