With school back in session and the holidays fast approaching, the season of over-eating has begun. However that does not mean all hope is lost; as long as you have a fast metabolism, you can afford a few cheat days.
There are a lot of myths out there that make it hard to determine what actually helps boost your metabolism. Below are some of the false statements floating around the internet and reasons as to why they are not true.
Not eating helps you lose weight.
Not eating actually does the exact opposite of losing weight and increasing the speed of your metabolism. The lack of food into your system forces the body into starvation mode; your metabolism stops and your body retains all calories out fear of not getting any more. It is better to eat several small meals throughout the day so your metabolism is constantly working to break down and convert calories.
Water only makes you bloat.
Water is essential to life, but too much of it leaves you with that uncomfortable bloated feeling. However in this case, the pros more than outweigh the cons. Drinking cold water causes your body to heat it up as it travels through you. This process actually burns calories, causing your metabolism to spark up without even getting on your running shoes.
Cardio makes you lose weight faster than strength training.
The best way to lose weight (and boost your metabolism) is to combine strength training with interval cardio. Strength training builds muscle and muscle requires more calories to burn, causing your metabolism to speed up. Interval cardio causes your heart rate to go up and down and makes you work harder, increasing weight loss and your metabolism.
It doesn’t matter what time you work out.
This one often goes back and forth. One week you should be working out at dusk, the next the crack of dawn. The truth is the early bird gets the worm in this case. Exercising right when you get up activates you metabolism for the day, giving it a much-needed head start to your calorie intake. Of course, if a morning jog is just not going to happen, a minimum of 30 minutes at any time during the day is excellent.
Sweet foods cause your metabolism to slow down.
There are plenty of delicious foods that are proven to speed up your metabolism, as long as you stick to moderation. Aside from several fruits and vegetables that are obviously healthy, cocoa (more specifically dark chocolate) is one of the many ingredients to a faster metabolism. Sweet potatoes are up there too along with Greek yogurt, almonds, oatmeal and green tea. Satisfy your cravings with one of these options next time you need something sweet.