Don’t worry, I’m OK. Fortunately my family is safe and sound. We survived… we survived…
Hilarity. Pure hilarity. This is the “blizzard” we had here in Georgia. My church is even shut down, so that means no basketball today. Luckily, I have “Jasmine” (my 24kg kettlebell) 10 feet away from me so I’ll be doing some KB Swings to stay active. I hope to get access to my gym tomorrow but we’ll see.
With that being said, it got me thinking… how can we speed up our metabolism when we’re suffering through a “Snowpocalypse?”
Metabolism Boost #1: Go to Bed
Sounds strange, but get this… A study in Finland looked at sets of identical twins and discovered that of each set of siblings, the twin who slept less and was under more stress had more visceral fat. Visceral fat is the dangerous fat that suffocates your organs and leads to multiple diseases, while crashing your metabolism.
The solution: Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. I typically go to bed around 8 every night and get up at 4. Saturdays, I “sleep in” until 5.
Metabolism Boost #2: Make Protein the “Center” of Your Diet
Protein preserves metabolism-boosting muscle when dieting PLUS it takes more calories to digest. Enough said.
The solution: With every meal, ask yourself, “Am I getting protein?”. Aim for around 70 – 120 grams of protein per day.
Metabolism Boost #3: Stand
Sitting for a prolonged period of time shuts down your enzymes that help control fat metabolism. To keep this enzyme active and increase your metabolism, break up long periods of sitting with a little activity.
The solution: Every 90 minutes, walk around or at the very least, stand for at least 5 minutes. It’s also a great natural way to wake up without relying on caffeine.
Metabolism Boost #4: Drink It Up
Even mild dehydration can slow down your metabolism by up to 3%. So drink more water. It’s a powerful habit. Drinking more water also leads to:
– Better digestion
– Making it easier for your body to burn fat
– Better focus (increase in water consumption can improve your brain performance – therefore, making it easier to make better food choices)
The solution: Chug 16 ounces of water twice a day on top of your usual routine this week. You might surprise yourself on how you feel.
Mikey Whitfield, Master CTT