To improve and boost your metabolism is essential for a healthier life and you have to be aware of quite a few "hidden traps" that can sabotage your diet.
Such things are:
Bad sleeping habits
Lack of sleep can result in less energy to work with the next day. This means that your metabolism will slow down, to protect your system. Try to get a 6-8 hours of (continuous) sleep every day.
Weird eating schedule
Eating your meals randomly will confuse your metabolism. The result of this is that your body will not be able to to decide whether to burn calories or store them as
Researches show that eating food on a regular schedule trains your body to burn fat more effectively.
Eating too little and/or skipping meals
You'd think that if you eat very little, or skip meals, will result in weight-loss. This is true to an extent, but your weightloss will stop very soon as your body will switch to power-saving mode. Your metabolism will slow down to save you energy in this *starvation*.
Sitting for too long is also a *stumbling-block* in your everyday routines. It basically stops the metabolism.
In every 20 minutes, you should stand up and have a little stretching. Walk a little or do some squats, or anything that you can do without making yourself uncomfy at the office. :)
Lack of water intake
As you already know, drinking enough liquids a day is essential, yet most importantly, drinking enough water a day is more essential. It helps you to clear your body, flush your kidneys and boost your metabolism.
Lack of calcium
Calcium is very important, it is a key to help your fat-metabolism. Actually, calcium's presence will determine whether you will burn fat or store it.
Drink a glass of warm milk before bed. :)
Chemicals in pesticides
The food in your daily meals have been treated with pesticides. As you know, it also affects the meat and veggies as well. Pesticides can interfere with your body's energy-burning process and make it harder to lose weight. Buy organic foods from bio-farms.
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