When you’re a kid, you can eat as much fast food, ready meals, and pizza without even thinking about it and it wouldn’t impact your weight. So, as you’re getting older, you eat the cleanest diet known to man and, as you’re probably aware, your metabolism isn’t anywhere near as fast as it was.
After that harsh truth (sorry), here’s exactly what you need to do to boost your metabolism and get yourself in shape!
“You do know I’m not twenty anymore!”
Cardiovascular exercises which include High-Intensity Interval Training will get your heart racing! It increases your resting metabolic rate for up-to 24 hours after a good session – meaning you’ll still be burning fat all that time after you’ve trained.
It’s a ‘nice to have’ for somebody in their twenties but an essential as you’re getting older to keep yourself in shape.
As for any age group, hitting the weights not only helps your metabolism too but is exactly what you need to get you in good shape – remember that your muscles burn fat!
OK, not expert advise but if you don’t sleep, you’re going to be tired! Sleep is key to help your metabolism work as expected, if you’re constantly having restless nights, you’re not doing your metabolism any favours.
Irrespective of age, starving yourself or fasting (whatever you’d prefer to call it) slows your metabolism down to a snail’s pace! With that in mind, if your metabolism is slower anyway, the last thing you can do is give a slow metabolism more ammunition.
Eat small and often to give your body the energy that it needs to be able to burn through fat tissues.
There is no magic
There is no pill or super crazy fad diet which you can jump on the bandwagon with to help you get in shape. Again, sorry…
Whatever you do between now and starting your “get in shape mission”, don’t fall for the salesman rubbish. There are studies that prove the benefits of certain superfoods, such as green tea – which does help your metabolic rate.
That said, nobody has ever got in shape by going on a ‘green tea diet’ – if that’s really a thing?!
Reduce the alcohol
Drink Aware will tell you the potential dangers from alcohol consumption but this article is to really concentrate on fitness.
Ever noticed how alcohol doesn’t have calorie and nutrition information on them the same as food does? To be fair, it would be scary if they did.
A pint of bitter is around 180 calories per pint, premium lager can hit around 350 calories per pint and those lovely fruity ciders you crave when the sun’s out hit around 300 calories a pint. If you’re a wine drinker, sweet white wine can be around 165 calories for a 175ml glass, where red and rose wine can be 119 calories and 125 calories respectively.
This is not telling you to stop enjoying yourself or sever yourself from the world whilst you get in shape – just be smart about your drink choices and how much you’re drinking.
It can make it even worse if you call for a burger or kebab after a long night on the ale!
Cut the take outs and choose smart
You’re not going to make friends with your local take away owner by doing this but you are going to make better friends with your body. Eating out with friends or family (or grandchildren if you’re 40 (sorry..)), can often lead to over indulging, such as “treating” yourself to a desert and a starter. Make smart choices whilst you’re eating out and, where possible, check the menu before you get where you’re going.