The answer is yes! Here are some ways that you can
help boost your metabolism:
This is the most important action you can take to maintain a high metabolic rate while trying to lose weight. Muscle burns more calories than fat and so when you increases your lean muscle mass, you also naturally raise your metabolism.Strength training prevents you from losing a lot of muscle along with the fat you lose when dieting. If you don’t strength train regularly, up to 30% of the weight you lose could be muscle tissue. Considering that a pound of muscle burns about 3 times more calories per day than a pound of fat even when you’re sitting still (and up to 15-20 times more calories per minute when you're physically active), you can see the problems this can cause. If you lose 20 pounds of weight (and 30% of that weight loss is muscle-seven pounds), you’ll be slowing your metabolism and your fat burning capacity down by a significant amount. A simple strength training program twice a week can limit your muscle loss to almost zero, and keep your metabolism running high. Don't Just Sit There, MOVE! Stay as active as possible. The more you use your muscles, the more calories you will burn. Moderate exercise like walking can burn three to six times more calories per minute than sitting still, and high intensity exercise like interval training can burn more than 12 times as much. The more you vary your daily activity and exercise, the more you keep your body on its fat-burning toes. Even while you’re watching TV or sitting at your desk, get up frequently to do a few exercises. Keep those resistance bands and dumbbells nearby at all times-you can fit a complete strength training workout into the commercial breaks of a one-hour TV show. Ditch your chair and sit on a stability ball (or a stationary bike) instead.
What you put into your body matters.
Diet plays an instrumental role in metabolic health. Eating requires an active metabolism to process and digest foods and carry nutrients throughout the body. Just be aware that consuming more calories than your body can use, especially from foods that lack nutritional density, can result in the storage of those calories as fat. But also note that eating too few calories will trigger a reaction that will cause the body to think it's going into starvation mode and will start holding on to the calories and storing them away instead of burning them. So make sure you stay within your calorie alotment for the day so your body has enough fuel keep your energy up and keep you going and active. There are also there are certain nutrients that play very important roles in metabolic health. The family of B vitamins consisting of vitamins B1, B2, B3, pantothenic acid, folic acid, B6, B12 and biotin are essential to the processes that metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats into useable energy for the body. A daily B complex can help you ensure an adequate amount of these key nutrients. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is another nutrient needed for healthy energy metabolism, and functions in the cell to create energy for use by the body. Lastly, magnesium is needed for a wide variety of roles in the body included the breakdown of food into energy. Don't skip the shut eye. More research is showing that chronic sleep deprivation plays a significant role in weight gain. Your body needs plenty of “downtime” for the internal housekeeping that keeps your metabolism in good working order. Sleep deprivation can cause an increase in appetite and resistance to insulin, a hormone that helps the body metabolize glucose for energyThe occasional late night won’t hurt you, but consistently sleeping just one hour less than you need may slow down your weight loss considerably.