If you’re trying to shed some pounds or maintain a healthy weight, it’s important to understand your metabolism.
Resting metabolism is the energy you burn just to keep your body functions running. While it can vary drastically from person to person, it accounts for about 60 to 75 percent of the calories burned each day.
Unfortunately, metabolism slows as we age, making it easier to gain and more difficult to lose extra pounds. Keep your metabolism revved with these easy-to-follow tips:
Know your BMR. Online resources like this calculator can help you discover your approximate Basal Metabolic Rate, which is the amount of calories you burn if you rest all day. Your BMR can help you figure out about how many calories you can have each day without gaining extra weight.
Don’t cut too many calories at once or your efforts to maintain or lose weight could backfire, sending your body into “starvation mode.” Adopting sustainable and sensible eating and exercise habits are healthier than drastic measures. Ensure you eat enough calories to match your resting metabolic rate.
Get a minimum of six hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep slows your metabolism and sets you up to crave quick energy from other sources. People who lack sleep tend to overeat starchy or sugary foods to make up the shortfall.
Mix up your workouts. Add strength training to your workout routine to help combat age-related metabolism drops. Take your cardio up a notch by adding 30-second speed burst intervals. This helps consume more oxygen and makes your cells work harder to burn energy.
Eat more protein. Protein takes more energy to process than carbohydrates and can help boost your resting metabolism.
No matter your age, these habits can keep your metabolism running at peak levels and help you maintain a healthy weight. As always, check with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program.
Sources: WebMD, Health.com
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