10 Must-Do Things to Speed up your Metabolism for Weight Loss
I’m sure we’ve all come across that one person who seems to have a hole where the stomach is normally located, because despite wolfing down calorie monsters and rarely exercising, always appears thinner than the rest of us who either pick at their food or count calories but still see the weight rise higher and higher on the weighing scale.
So, just what is the mantra in losing weight, is it: eating less meals, eating more meals, exercising less, exercising more, and the list can go on and on.
We’ve all heard the word metabolism and know that to burn more calories we need to have that engine all revved up. Yes, it’s not about how many calories you eat or burn with exercising, if your metabolism is firing on all cylinders you‘re getting to witness sustained weight loss.
This is where Biogetica protocols differ from the others weight loss programs in the market. Our weight loss methodologies do not revolve only on eating specific foods and going through grueling exercise regimens. Our holistic groundbreaking weight loss kits aim to correct the underlying imbalances that make your metabolism sluggish and unresponsive making you pile pounds and inviting a host of undesirable lifestyle diseases.
Our protocols boast of evidence based ingredients that have been clinically tested to boost your metabolism, get your body into fat burn mode, balance your endocrine axis and improve other bodily functions. Thermogenix is a polyherbal ayurvedic formulation that blends ingredients that have been traditionally used to reduce lipids and appetite naturally. Each ingredient in the formulation is carefully chosen to promote oxidation of fats, affect the body’s metabolism increasing its ability to burn calories and maintain proper functioning of the immune, endocrine, metabolic and digestive systems.
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So, What is Metabolism all About?
Metabolism in simple words is the sum of all physical and chemical processes that occur within a living organism to generate energy and maintain life.
Therefore, metabolism is not only about burning calories to provide energy. This mechanism governs all the varied biochemical processes that are continuously on in your body at the cellular level, and which help each and every part of your body to perform their individual functions.
So, a weakened or dull metabolism is not only going to make you put on weight but also make you more vulnerable to other diseases like diabetes- a metabolic disorder. Also, Nutritionists declare that low metabolism is linked to low immunity, which invariably makes you a host to several diseases such as: cold, flu, belly problems, constipation and weight gain, besides acne and skin problems.
Of course, one of the prime responsibilities of metabolism is breaking down food and converting it to energy; thus you need to bear in mind that just boosting your metabolism is not going to sustain itself if you don’t couple it with moderate exercise and the right choices of food.
So, let’s plunge in to the 10 must dos to boost your metabolism not only for weight loss but for a healthier and better you.
- Boost Immunity
We’ve just seen that if you want to become a lean, mean calorie-burning machine and get your metabolism into tip-top shape, you have to make sure your immune defenses are strong. Whole foods contain an assortment of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that not only ignite our metabolic fire but also help increase your immune levels. Other well researched natural herbs that have shown to boost immunity include:
- Hypericum: Various species of the St John’s Wort plant have been tested for their immune boosting properties. Ayurvedic doctors suggest that the rare species Hypericum mysorense is the most compelling for immune boost out of the various Hypericums available.
- Echinacea: This herb is also traditionally used to enhance immunity and increase the WBC count to counter infections.
- Citrus aurantium: Traditionally, naringenin the active constituent of this herb is believed to possess several benefits including anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.
- Grapefruit: This citrus fruit has long been associated to weight loss because it has shown to lower insulin levels. Its vitamin C content helps your body stay healthy and your immunity boosted whereas the fiber content helps keep your metabolism regulated.
- Trigonella foenum- graecum(fenugreek): This herb is traditionally believed and used to increase lactation, boost immunity, improve digestion, regulate sugar levels and expel excess fluid from the body. These properties typically benefit your metabolism and keep it in ship-shape.
- Nourish your Liver
You may know that your liver is your metabolic plant in the body since it performs a myriad of functions. In fact, it alone performs around 600 metabolic activities on a daily basis. So, obviously, if your liver isn’t functioning optimally your metabolism is not working optimally either. You can boost your liver and metabolic health by incorporating these vital natural ingredients in your regimen.
- Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice root): This herb is traditionally used to boost immunity, relieve pain and stress, protect liver cells and promote its healing. It is believed that the herb helps flush toxins and removes abnormal cells from the liver.
- Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion): This herb is believed to possess properties that support liver functions, flush toxins, help regulate blood sugar and maintain bone health.
- Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle): This herb is famed for its detoxifying properties. It is traditionally used to promote healthy digestive functions, decrease inflammation and soothe the mucous membranes of the body. The active constituents of the plant have been reported to work as antioxidants that facilitate elimination of free radicals and inhibit lipid deterioration.
- Curcuma longa (Turmeric): The beneficial properties of turmeric are renowned worldwide. It is traditionally believed to be effective against inflammation, boosts immunity and possesses hepatoprotective properties.
- Address Hormone Imbalances
Your thyroid gland is a key organ in regulating metabolism, thanks to the thyroxine hormone it produces. Its level determines how efficient your metabolic rate is. Thyroid imbalances can lead to a sluggish metabolism, which consequently leads to weight gain and other health concerns. You may include the following ingredients to help regulate your endocrine glands:
- Commiphora mukul (Guggulu): The gum resin guggulu obtained from the tree of Commiphora mukil is traditionally believed to help in detoxification and rejuvenation of the thyroid gland. It is also believed to be rich in antioxidants and regulate the immune mechanism of the body.
- Lycopus (Bugleweed): This herb is believed to have beneficial effects on the thyroid gland. Studies have demonstrated that the herb helps in normalizing the functions of the thyroid gland.
- Lagenaria siceraria (Molina): This herb is rich in nutrients and is traditionally believed to have antioxidant, thyroid stimulating, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties.
- Melissa officinalis: Also known as lemon balm, this herb is believed to have several properties that aid digestion. Traditionally, Lemon balm is believed to possess constituents that may help calm an overactive thyroid.
- Beat Stress
Stress has become a bane of the fast paced lifestyles we’ve come to adopt. Research suggests that 90% of primary health complaints are rooted in stress. In fact, chronic stress has shown to have deleterious effects on all bodily systems including immunity and metabolism. However, stress is inevitable at times but, how we respond or manage it largely depends on our constitution and our endurance threshold. There are several ways to become stress resilient, one of which includes proper nutrition. Some natural ingredients that have excelled in tipping stress include:
- Emblica Officinalis: Studies suggest that this herb possesses antioxidant properties .It can be used as a tonic to build up lost vitality and vigor and may be beneficial in combating oxidative stress.
- Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): This herb is said to have a wide range of health benefits. It is traditionally believed to boost your supply of antioxidants, regulate the immune system, reduce stress and rejuvenate the body.
- Tinospora cordifolia: This herb is traditionally believed to possess properties that may have a positive effect on digestion, glucose metabolism, stress and inflammation.
- Work out
Not only is this another way to reduce your stress, but working out positively impacts your metabolism as well.
While food and other nutrients do increase metabolism, you can have more sustained results if you couple this with a fairly vigorous workout. In fact, exercises that make you break into a sweat will get you more brownie points with your metabolic system.
Moreover, if your work out comprises strength training and cardio, you will build more muscle and maintaining muscles will make you burn more calories in the bargain.
- Hydrate yourself
It’s pretty obvious that water is essential for the proper functioning of all the organs of the body. In fact its importance is spelled out right at the cellular level. A hydrated body will expend more energy as opposed to a dehydrated one. So, tank up to avoid a sullen metabolism. However, since water is harder to digest, you drink to keep yourself replenished and not drowned by it.
- Fast Intermittently
Now this can get tricky because you’ll get to hear contradicting advises of some saying eating small meals throughout the day helps keep your metabolism charged. However, you should realize that when we eat, most of our bodily processes get engaged in trying to get that food digested and if that is happening most of the time, you think your body will get time to work on other aspects. On the other hand, when you intermittently fast for around 12-16 hours, you give your metabolism a kickstart in burning up stored fat by it forcing your body to release more fat burning hormones like adrenaline and HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and if you think you will gorge on more food in the non fasting part of the day, it has been shown that people fasting typically end up eating fewer calories than they would at 3 or 4 normal meals. Most people have lost weight while fasting intermittently because when they cut out meals, they don’t make up for it with bigger meal sizes. Of course you need to exercise self-control, and make healthier choices when you’re eating. In fact, there are many religions that prescribe fasting and evidence has also showed that people are more mentally active, receptive and productive on an empty stomach than when they are fed.
- Up Your Snooze Quotient
Your body needs appropriate rest to recharge its batteries and extensive research has highlighted the downsides of less sleep. Studies have shown that less sleep over a period of time leads to hormonal imbalances, foggier brains, more cravings for sweet and salty fare, and lesser energy to get going so you’d be better off slouching on the couch than working out and inactivity is obviously going to pile up whatever you eat.
- Eat Wholesome Foods and Spice it up for Good Measure
This is a no brainer, if you eat junk you are going to look and feel just that- junk. So when you are eating, you have to reform yourself to include foods that represent the 3 major sources of macronutrients- proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, and avoiding processed foods, are all vital factors in initiating and sustaining weight loss. Interestingly, certain studies have highlighted that spices like hot peppers, chillies, etc can fuel your metabolic rate and increase your fat-burning metabolism.
- Laugh Your Blues Away
If you stay glum watching your weight rise, chances are that it’s going to remain there. On the other hand, if you exercise your sense of humor, you’d be giving your body a tiny aerobic workout and actually helping it shed those excess pounds. Research suggests that laughter reduces muscle tension, increases oxygen levels in the blood, exercises the heart and causes your body to release endorphins, which promote a sense of wellbeing in the body. So, stop taking yourself seriously and indulge in some laughter therapy for a healthier, skinner you.
Undoubtedly, the best way to boost your metabolism is to address the reason it has slowed down. We have seen our patient community benefit tremendously just by slightly tweaking their lifestyles and incorporating healthier alternatives. We, at Biogetica have pledged to be with you every step of the way, on your personal path to health and freedom and work relentlessly to ensure that you get to put your best foot forward always.
So, if you want your metabolism to functions at its peak, consult with our health experts who’ll help you identify what is slowing you down and assist you to get back up and running. Our protocols are specifically formulated to boost immunity, energize your liver, beat stress and more. Browse through our entire range of natural protocols or get your health related concerns answered by visiting www.biogetica.com now.
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.