Health is wealth!
We’ve been hearing this since we were children. With time, we start to realize just how true this is. Health is probably the most important asset that we forget to account for when we assess our equity. There is a good reason for this too. Like all intangible assets, health is very difficult to quantify it and is highly dependent on perception, context, and subjective experience.
This process is more commonly known as our metabolism rate. While many may think that our metabolism rate cannot be controlled, the reality is that it can be revved up via mechanisms that we are already very familiar with, i.e. physical activity or consumption of some key foods.
We have selected three natural ways through which your metabolism rate can be increased, without having you follow a strict diet or workout routine.
1) Consume More Proteins Daily
Your body burns more calories if you consume protein in higher proportions than carbohydrates and/or fats. In fact, a high protein intake has been shown to boost metabolism and increase the amount of calories burned by about 80 to 100 per day. According to the DRI (Dietary Reference Intake), the average sedentary man should consume 56 grams of protein per day, while the average sedentary woman should consume 46 grams of protein per day. If you are someone accustomed to eating more carbs or fats versus protein, the best route would be to phase-in your protein intake overtime in small portions, instead of all at once. Some protein rich foods you can add to your meals are:
• Hard-boiled eggs
• Chicken breast
• Quinoa Salad
• Flank, hanger, or skirt steak
2) Drink Cold Water
Drinking water (in general) is good for your body. It not only keeps you hydrated but also helps in removing toxins from your body. Drinking cold water is a huge plus, seeing how (according to research) it instantly gives a boost to your metabolism when bringing the water’s temperature back to normal levels. As a bonus, drinking water makes you feel more full, preventing your from craving and consuming extra calories.
3) Stand up More
Keeping your body busy helps increase your metabolism rate. One of the easiest ways to speed up your metabolism is to keep standing for long intervals. Most of us can be lazy; our work routines make it difficult for us to get some physical movement throughout the day. Nevertheless, when there’s a will, there’s a way; you can always take out time for short walks in your office space, or even work while standing from time to time. As intuitive as it sounds, standing up and/or walking burns more calories than sitting down, and this may not seem like much when you start implementing it, but its effects can definitely be seen over time.
Adopting these basic tips to increase your metabolism rate not only keeps you fit but makes you more aware of your food intake, activity levels, and your health overall. Such small and gradual changes to your routine can help form new habits that become second-nature overtime. Perhaps, such adjustments can take us one step closer to proactively managing our own health and habits.