How to Boost your Metabolism!
What is your metabolism?
Your metabolism refers to how fast your body burns the energy from the food you eat. Think of it as the engine to a car, burning fuel to keep it running. Your metabolism is constantly running to keep your body doing the simple things like breathing to the extreme things like exercising.
A high or fast metabolism means your body burns energy at a fast rate.
A slow metabolism means your body burns energy at slower weight – so you are burning less fat.
A slow metabolism is commonly blamed for weight gain…. but this is generally not the case. Most people eat more food than their bodies need, so our bodies store the extra fat.
How do I boost my metabolism?
The rate of your metabolism is determined by your genes, but there are some things in your control to stop it slowing down!
Don’t skip meals!
The thing is, back in the caveman days we did not always have lots of food available to us 24/7 like we do now. Our bodies are designed to hold on to fat. If you skip a meal, the lack of food tells your body it is starving, so it’s response is to slow down your metabolism to reserve that fat and energy to keep your body ticking! So, skipping meals is counterproductive if you are trying to lose weight!
Your body uses energy to break down food. This means it keeps your metabolism busy! This does not mean you can eat more, as your body will store any extra energy as fat. It just means you should have regular smaller meals rather than one big meal in a day! Follow your nutrition guide and have 3 meals and 2 snacks throughout the day!
Compared to carbs and fats, your body uses more energy to break down protein, which is metabolism boosting! Plus, protein helps maintain your muscles. Having a good muscle mass also boosts your metabolism. Make sure you have a protein source in every meal like lean meat, eggs, tofu, dairy, nuts or seeds.
The energy you use during exercise will keep your metabolism high not only during, but for a couple of hours after! It’s good to have variation with your exercise – get to your LLGA classes!
Check out this week’s healthy recipe which is high in protein and also a classic Aussie meal!
Rissoles with Homemade Tomato Sauce
Serves: 4 Time: 25mins Cost: $18.30 approx. ($4.60/serve)
- 500g lean beef mince
- 1 cup wholemeal bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- ½ cup tomato paste
- 1 TB white vinegar
- 1 TB honey
- ¼ tsp salt and pepper
- 1 can pineapple rings
- 1 can diced beetroot
- 2 cups salad greens
- 1 tomato
- 1 cup grated low fat cheese
- Mix mince, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl
- Mould into palm sized rissoles with your hands
- Heat grill with olive oil on medium heat (or BBQ)
- Cook rissoles 6-8 mins on first side
- Tomato Sauce: mix tomato paste, vinegar, honey, season with salt and pepper
- Flip rissoles and cook for further 6-8mins
- Prepare Salad: Mix greens, beetroot, diced tomato, cheese
- Remove patties and place pineapple on grill pan then cook 1min on each side
- Serve all together!