Your metabolism, the complex chemical processes which keeps keep your body functioning, can often be blamed for weight gain.
The biggest component of your metabolism - accounting for up to 80 per cent of the energy used each day - is your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which is the energy your body burns just to maintain functioning at rest.
While there are many pills and supplements that claim to boost metabolism and burn fat, knowing what is in your control can have a better impact on improving a “slow metabolism".
Here are seven tips to help reinvigorate your metabolism;
- BMR: Basal metabolic rate, or BMR, refers to the energy your body uses just by existing. This is the amount of calories your body burns when you're at rest to keep your organs and other bodily functions operating.
- Magnesium: Salt Lab Magnesium spray is a transdermal treatment which regulate nervous and electrical system, metabolism, endocrine system and immune system. Salt Lab Magnesium triggers your metabolism to support all cellular enzymatic functions, including repair of insulin and blood sugar regulation, muscle recovery, protein synthesis, immune regulation, digestion and detoxification. Without magnesium metabolism becomes slow and sluggish.
- Muscle mass: Muscle requires more energy to function than fat so your body requires more energy to carry more muscle tissue. Resistance and strength training is the most effective to build your muscle mass and continue to stimulate your BMR.
- Physical activity: Regular exercise increases muscle mass and encourages your body to burn kilojoules at a faster rate, even when at rest.
- Diet: Certain aspects of your diet can also affect metabolism, for example deficient iodine, for optimal thyroid function, can slow down your metabolism.
- Sleep: Your sleep habits can have just as much of an effect on your metabolism as what you eat and how much you work out. If you are sleep deficient, you may not metabolize sugar in the same way. Some research shows that not getting sufficient sleep can make you crave high-calorie, low-nutrient-dense foods, which makes you more likely to overeat foods that aren't great for you.
- Stress: Chronic stress has been linked to excess belly fat, which is associated with diabetes and heart disease. The theory is that when you're stressed, you have an abundant of stress hormone, cortisol, which hinders your metabolism.