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#HighGear: Beat the winter blues by kickstarting your metabolism

How often have we looked at leaner people and said “How do you eat all of that and not get fat?”.

The (irritating) response is almost invariably, "I just have a good metabolism".

We sometimes wonder why we’re not losing weight despite trying so many different things - from fad diets to fad exercise regimes.

Metabolism differs from person to person depending on their age, height, weight, gender and genes.

But there are a few simple ways everyone can improve their metabolism, irrespective of their physical characteristics.  Here are five of the best to keep those calories burning.

Strength Training

This is a simple concept that a lot of people misunderstand.  Strength training builds muscle in your body and muscle is required to burn fat.  Research suggests that by strength training at least 2 - 3 times a week, you will boost your metabolism by 50% because muscle burns more calories than fat does.

Don’t skip on the Essential Fatty Acids

When you’re trying to lose weight, it's important that you don’t cut out all fat from your diet because your body still needs its daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids.  It boosts metabolism, reduces inflammation and regulates blood sugar.  So, add some salmon, eggs, walnuts, flax seeds etc. to your diet.

Switch to Green Tea

If you like to keep warm in this cold weather by sipping on some hot drinks during the day, ditch that milk tea and switch to green tea instead.  Apart from being rich in antioxidants, it contains Catechin, which ramps up one’s metabolism.  If you don’t like it hot, you can also have it iced. (Yup, iced green tea exists!)

Skip the Trans Fat and Processed Food

We all know this is bad for us and yet we continue to crave and eat them.  It’s almost like an addiction in today’s world.  Trans fat has the ability to slow down your metabolism, which means your body’s ability to burn fat reduces drastically.  It can also play with the insulin levels in your body, which then further leads to inflammation.  Do you see the vicious cycle?

Add some protein to your diet

Our bodies digest carbs and fat easier than protein, which means that protein will leave us feeling full for a longer period of time.  Protein also increases metabolism since the body spends more energy on breaking down the protein.

Wondering what kind of food you should eat more of to boost your metabolism naturally? Think of egg whites, spices, chilli peppers, lentils and lean meat. 
There you go!  Try these tips and you will definitely notice a change your metabolism.



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