Have you felt trapped in a vicious cycle of low #metabolism and low #energy? We get stuck into the never-ending pattern of lack of #physical energy and never seem to be able to break out from its tight grip.
It really is a cycle and unfortunately there is no way to come out of it without a purposeful intent and desire to make that happen. If you are reading this article, that is definitely a step in the right direction. Here we have summarized some helpful steps to break out of the vicious cycle of continuous low energy and boost our metabolism.
There are various mechanisms to jumpstart our metabolic system -one of the easiest being food intake since there is a thermic effect from the digestion of food itself. However, all #calories are not created equal – a donut and a piece of lean chicken breast with the same calorie content does not translate to the same net energy in our body. Thermogenic foods are those smart foods that actually scorch significant calories during their digestion process. 30% of the calories in a piece of chicken is required in the process of its own digestion- thus the net calories are less than total consumed! Some examples of #thermogenic foods are chicken, turkey breasts, lean red meat, such as veal and almost all types of fish and shellfish. Celery is also a great example with net negative calories! These lean proteins, some brown starch and fibrous vegetables make a highly effective combination also for burning fat in our bodies. (Check our links on aging well physically :
Besides choosing the right combination of thermogenic and smart calorie foods, we can #energize our system with light weight-lifting and aerobic exercises. Gradually increasing our #activity levels from light to moderate can eventually reverse the vicious negative cycle into a cycle of positive energy! The energy released from working out in turn helps us to be more active in general.
In order to maintain a healthy activity level at all times, we can also hack our system with incidental workouts. Sometimes despite our desire to remain active, we find ourselves sitting long hours at work and at home. How can we move away from this #sedentary #lifestyle? Finding opportunities to flex our muscles or doing incidental workouts is the answer. We can train our brains and form #healthy habits to choose the stairs over elevator, park a little farther from the entrance, walk the longer route to the coffee machine or carry the heavy grocery bags!