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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Making Most of Yoeur Metabolism

"Your 24-hour Guide to Boosting the Metabolism You've Got - For a Slimmer, More Energised You"

I used to follow these program a while ago, and seriously, this is very effective and a very healthy lifestyle to live with. Well, if you only stay at home yes you can strictly follow these steps. Like me, and some among others, we can't really do these, do we? But, the main point of sharing this with you is, at least I can tell you that this works! It doesn't necessarily mean that you have to follow every single step, this can be your healthy guide.

7am - Open your shades
Your body metabolism nods off while you sleep because you aren't active. Getting a quick hit of sunlight decreases sleep hormones, like melatonin, and helps to wake up your metabolism.

7:30am - Sit down to breakfast
"You need to eat first thing in the morning or your body switches into conservation mode, which means you'll burn kilojoules at a slower rate", says Tanya Zuckerbrot, author of The F-Factor Diet (Putnam). She recommends fueling up with a bowl of oats and some fruit, or a high-fibre cereal.

8:00am - Run up the stairs
Just one 30-second sprint increases your body's production of human growth hormone (HGH) five fold. It's HGH that helps maintain muscles, which burn more kilojoules than fat.

9:00am - Drink a glass of water
When German researchers had 14 volunteers drink two cups of water, their metabolism jumped to 30% after 40 minutes - and stayed at a higher rate for an hour. Even mild dehydration will slow your metabolism by as much as three percent.

11:00am - Take a quick stroll around the office or house
Getting up from your desk more often - and moving around the office or inside your house, or even taking a quick walk outside - can blast up to 1200 extra kilojoules every day, according to a study published in the journal Science.

2:00pm - Take a few deep breaths
"Stress hormones, like cortisol, can put a damper on your metabolism". When your day gets hectic, close your eyes and take a five deep breaths into your belly to reduce rising stress levels.

4:00pm - Have a 400-800kj Snack
"Eat something at least every four hour". When you consistently give your body food, your metabolism doesn't have a chance to slow down.

4:30pm - Do an interval training session
Varying your workout intensity bumps up your resting metabolism, so you continue to burn more kilojoules all day. Run or cycle at about 80% of your all-out effort for a minute or so, then slow down to 50% for a minute and a half, and repeat.

7:00pm - Eat a mix of lean protein, veggies, and whole grains
The protein will help you build lean muscles, and the veggies and grains provide long-lasting energy.

7:30pm - Take a multivitamin
It's insurance that you'll get enough of the nutrients especially vitamins B, C and D - that your metabolism needs to function properly.

10:00pm - Hit the hay

Studies show that sleep deprivation increases stress and lowers levels of the peptide hormone leptin, which causes you to feel hungry.
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