In most aspects, health is not a cloudy concept. If you feel good, if you see a lean body and natural-looking skin when in front of the mirror, and if you know that your sense of fatigue was only from staying up later than usual the previous night, then you are pretty darned sure you are on the right rack with your physical health. You are also inclined to believe your regular routines—including exercise, rest and diet—are working in your health’s favor.
But, that which keeps you on your healthy path is not always so visible. You have a friend named metabolism who evidently doesn’t like mirrors, because you can’t see your buddy.
If you pay close enough attention, however, metabolism can be detected. Excessively dry skin can mean your metabolism is too low, as long as you are certain you have no ailments that cause dry skin. Again, free of other factors, not sweating very often—even when taxing your muscles— may also indicate a low metabolism. Weight gain, when not caused by muscle development, can also mean your metabolism is too low.
If you incorporate a workout into your daily routine and just before heading to the gym you start sweating when moving your office monitor to another desk, then your metabolism may be high and, therefore, at its correct level. It surfaces because your body thinks it is workout time. If your sweat starts to dissipate a little after moving three or four monitors, that is a good sign in terms of metabolism and your workouts. It can mean your metabolism is in tune and your workouts are apexing toward your ultimate physical condition.
That said, nervousness, inability to gain weight, no matter how much or what you eat, and feeling warm to the point of frequently sweating can also indicate a high metabolism. High metabolisms must be managed as much as a low one. When it is high, your body is needing hydration because it is constantly firing up, ready to go. It needs cooling. One should feed the beast its water.
Can a metabolism be increased? Yes and no.
Your metabolic rate can be increased, but only if you maintain a nutritious diet (including sufficient hydration), consistent routines, such as exercise, and sufficient rest. Your body’s metabolism conforms to your routine, as in the example of moving office equipment at a time when you usually work out.
However, your metabolism can be slightly reluctant to rise. Some people’s metabolisms are genetically influenced, but not enough to effectively avoid adjustment. Metabolism can flex in accordance to diet, activity level, stress, genetics, and illness. After all, metabolism is only a chemical process that breaks down proteins, fats and carbs in accordance to the level of energy your body requires—even while sleeping.
Looking for some tips on keeping your metabolism at a proper and healthy level? Try these.
Frequency over filling when eating. Try to eat several smaller meals throughout your day, rather than a couple mondo meals that deceive your body into thinking that because it is the only meal it sees, it needs to store an excess of fat from it.
Muscle gain. Do this with heavy lifting, as you would in a gym. Accompany it with ample caloric intake, because with each ounce of muscle gain, your body burns a corresponding amount of calories. And, the calories must exist in order to be burned. In this vein, when working out intensively, keep some calorie and nutrition refills handy, as in Isagenix snacks and meals—before, during and after such workouts. It goes without mention to hydrate frequently during workouts.
Don’t scrimp on sleep. Insufficient sleep can decrease the calories your body burns during your state of rest. Cortisol, a stress hormone, increases during periods of inadequate sleep and pesters your testosterone levels enough to lower your metabolism.
Power up on protein. Protein triggers a hormone called glucagon, which prompts fat cells to release their benefits into your blood stream. Again, keeping your protein intake on schedule, as in toting portable Isagenix concentrates and snacks with you during active periods of the day, helps hike your metabolic rate. When a higher proportion of protein comes from calories rather than fats and carbs, a higher metabolism is achieved.
Go green, as in tea. Green tea is actually included in the ingredients of several Isagenix products. This is because it contains a chemical called EGCC which slightly affects metabolism and because it contains a metabolism stimulant, caffeine.
Be a bit fidgety. In other words, don’t hesitate to move around and keep the body active. Our monitors, handhelds, escalators and elevators keep us much less physically active than our ancient and even not-so-ancient ancestors. If you don’t work at a station that requires you to stand up from time to time, make an effort to do so. Visit another’s work station to communicate, rather than sending an email. Use the steps instead of the elevator. Volunteer to clean the break room or watering office plants. You can be productive while being mobile at the office.
Don’t be a thermo-freak. Heating and air conditioning are unlikely culprits, but believe it or not, they can contribute to lowering your metabolism. This is because keeping your body warm or cool is really the function of our inherent body structures. Keep the AC thermostat in the high 70s or even 80 Fahrenheit for triggering; try setting your heat thermostat around 68 or even slightly cooler during winter. If it feels a bit too warm or too cool, don’t fret—your body will adjust to the benefit of your metabolism.
The better you get to know your invisible pal, metabolism, the more likely you can cajole it to work to your benefit.