If you’re looking to improve your metabolism then there are a number of ways it can be done, including making sure you get plenty of sleep.
When it comes to losing weight, dieting, and exercise, there’s one word that is always thrown around despite many not knowing what it actually means, metabolism. Those with good muscle mass and who seemingly have to do very little to keep the weight off are cited as having a good metabolism, but what does that actually mean? Plus, why does it differ from person to person?
The simplest definition of your metabolism is to look at it as the total amount of calories you burn each day. What might shock you is that doesn’t necessarily mean who is spending the most time on the treadmill, as outlined by Men’s Health. In fact, exercise only accounts for around 10% of your metabolism. A massive 70% is dictated by your basal metabolic rate (BMR) or put simply just keeping your body running, and 20% on things like walking and fidgeting.
None of the above should be used as an excuse to change up your lifestyle drastically. Yes, sleeping more and eating more protein should increase your metabolism but don’t take those things to the extreme. You still need those carbs and fats for a balanced diet, and don’t quit your job just so you can get enough sleep to increase your metabolism. As with everything when it comes to food, dieting, and exercise, it’s all about finding the right balance.