By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
There are many great ways to increase your metabolism and lose those extra pounds.
To increase your calorie-burning capabilities simply drink more water. Recent research showed that test subjects who drank water burned 30 % more calories that the subjects who did not drink water.
The functions of water in human body are vital. The water:
- Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
- Moisturizes the air in lungs
- Helps with metabolism
- Protects our vital organ
- Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
- Regulates body temperature
- Protect and moisturizes our joints
All this activity certainly makes the body work harder and in effect burns more calories. While any water you drink is good for you, there are additional benefits associated with cold drinking water. Cold drinking water is not only more refreshing after working out or other physical activity; it is also more easily absorbed into your bloodstream than warm or hot water. Also, because your body is constantly regulating your temperature, your body actually uses extra energy to bring cold drinking water up to 98.6 degrees. This means burning additional calories to heat this cold water in your stomach. Not only does cold drinking water help burn calories, it does not bring any additional calories into your system, unlike many other drinks on the market. Most drinks will load your body down with extra calories and pull the water out of your blood stream, making it more difficult to shed those extra calories.
Another great way to boost your metabolism is to, eat. How about that, you can lose weight by eating, great concept right? Research suggests people who eat healthy substances more frequently throughout the day are leaner than those who consume meals at irregular times. Simply by planning your three daily meals and separating those with healthy snacks in between you will be sure to burn those extra pounds. You can also boost the burn by working out just after eating a meal or substantial snacks. Digesting food, absorbing and storing nutrients requires energy and this simply burns calories.
Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called “micronutrients.” But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.
Some sources of dietary protein include:
- Meat, poultry and fish
- Dairy products
- Seeds and nuts
- Beans and lentils
- Soy products
- Grains, especially wheat and less so rice, barley and corn.
So try to include more bean, lettuces, fish, soy milk into your diet
The chemical processes by which cells produce the substances and energy needed to sustain life is your metabolism in action and by following these suggestions you will be certain to have a smoother running metabolism, like a finely tuned & polished car,