Jump Start Your Metabolism By Summer

A boosted metabolism is very important on many, many levels. Without a high metabolism, your body cannot burn calories properly. When your body can't do this, you gain weight. Here are a few tips to boost your metabolism and keep it up there so that your body is burning calories even when you're not working out!

Eat more chicken. Not Chic-Fil-A chicken either. Chicken contains high amounts of protein. Protein is a vital part of your body's process to burn calories. Eating foods high in protein actually takes your body longer to digest, therefor making it work harder and burn more calories. Other high protein foods include turkey, fish, beans, eggs, lean steak, and nuts.

Lift weights. Want to raise your metabolism so you will burn calories throughout the day even while you're not exercising? Lift more weights. A body with more muscles burns more calories. According to this article at promotehealth.info, every pound of muscle in your body burns 35 calories per day.

Get moving and stay moving. Don't give your body a reason to stop burning calories. Even if you're not exercising, you can still do other things to help the metabolism stay at its maximum. Clean the house, mow the lawn, go for a walk, play with the kids. Just get active!

Don't eat right before bed.
Your body's digestive system shuts down almost completely while you sleep. This means that anything still in your stomach has a better chance of being absorbed into your body's adipose tissue storage instead of being passed through the body. Yuck.

Get sleep and lots of it.
A well rested body is more likely to burn more fat. If you don't get enough sleep, your body will use all of its energy just to keep you awake instead of doing what it naturally should be doing. Get sleep, at least 7-9 hours a night.

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