how to boost your metabolism?

Source: National Institutes of Health

Metabolism is the sum of the processes by which a particular substance is handled in the living body. Stated simply, metabolism is the process by which your body converts food into energy. Metabolism naturally slows with age and, in turn, you may need fewer daily calories as you get older. But your metabolism does not dictate your weight. To lose excess weight, you need to engage in physical activities such as running, walking, swimming, biking, and stair climbing.

Also, start a strength training program. Whether you use hand-held weights, push-ups and crunches, or another type of resistance, you will increase your lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently. Building muscle is, indeed, an excellent way to boost your metabolism.

Control your stress because stress can contribute to the loss of muscle and slow your metabolism. You may use meditation or prayer or yoga in order to relax your body and mind.

Eat a well-balanced diet. Your body and metabolism thrive on food. Eat 4 to 5 small meals per day. Eat lean protein. The consumption of lean protein has the greatest metabolic boost when compared to carbohydrates and fat. Some of the best protein sources are: fish, skinless chicken, skinless turkey, lean sirloin steak, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, egg substitutes, tofu, lentils, and beans.

Drink at least 4 glasses of filtered water per day. Drinking water prevents dehydration, which has been shown to slow metabolism. Do not smoke. Get enough sleep, that is, go to bed and wake up every day at the same time.