Are you aware that your body burns calories more efficiently, as long as you do not get in its way? Metabolism is the natural way of burning more calories and over the years, I have noticed that some of the things mentioned below are what makes it crawl.
Most of the people are under the impression that to lose weight, one needs to starve and spend hours & hours in the gym. Well on the contrary it is just the opposite. When I work with some of the busiest executives, ample free time is something which is far fetched. Therefore the most effective way is to work round it and ensure that the metabolism is always kept high.
If you are a busy entrepreneur, solopreneur, CEO or even a student some of the things which slow down one’s metabolism according to me are –
Erratic eating schedule: One of the most common of the mistakes I come across with people is an erratic eating schedule. What I mean here is that people have no particular time for eating, but generally tend to eat when they have time. The moment I see someone’s eating pattern I am sure there is more to it because hunger pangs will work on emotions and thought processes, which together will make you respond in ways, you will not be proud of when you look back.
Latest research has proved that that eating at the same time every day, trains the body to burn more calories between meals. With so many additional benefits, ensure you make time consistently on a regular basis to feed yourself with healthy nutritious food
Compromising on your sleep: With so many things happening around us, it is not unusual to see people spending a couple of hours in front of the television. The worst one can do is to ensure a television in the bedroom, which more often than not will make you push the envelope when it comes to hitting the snooze button.
What I have noticed over the years is that people who sleep less tend to move less the next day and before you know it “less movements” would have become a habit ingrained @ the subconscious level. With latest research proving that Sleep deprivation actually reduces the amount of energy your body uses at rest, it is imperative that you get a grip on this and do whatever it takes to form a regular sleeping habit.
Sitting for too long: Over the years with technology improving, most of us have developed the habit of sitting far too long than required. I had at one point of time succumbed to this malaise, but over the last couple of years I ensure that I stand up and work for at least 40% of the time. Not bad for someone who hardly meets people right.
Well if you use some ingenuity, you can also ensure that you are on your feet for a couple of hours at work/home or even at school. Are you aware that it takes just 20 minutes of sitting to inhibit one’s metabolism? Therefore you can imagine what is does when one sits for hours at a time.
Some of my clients who were facing this exact predicament, have evolved and inspired me so much by taking more than ten thousand steps a day on a more than regular basis.
Drinking less water: All of your body’s cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. If you’re dehydrated, you could burn up far fewer calories. Drinking water not only helps in cranking up the metabolism, it also helps in removing harmful toxins including unwanted energy levels from the system.
Remember overconsumption is worse than drinking less and irrespective whether you are a man/woman stick to healthy range of “two to three lts” daily to begin with.
There are other factors also which does play a role in a sluggish metabolism. However the four mentioned above play a direct role according to me from what I have observed and learnt working with some incredible people.
Ensuring that each one’s metabolism is always at an optimum pace is something which is in our absolute control. Most of the people ignore this key component, in their overall wellness and eventually play a big price in the long run. If you are looking at working and cranking up your metabolism then the road map explained above is a good beginning.