Metabolism is the term for all the chemical reactions in your body. These chemical reactions keep your body alive and functioning.
However, the word metabolism is often used interchangeably with metabolic rate or the amount of calories you burn. The higher it is, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off. Having a high metabolism can also give you energy and make you feel better.
How to burn the most amount of calories with the least amount of work?
Good news: There are tried-and-true tricks to maximize your burn from a.m. to p.m. (without disrupting your lifestyle). Take advantage of these five easy power-up hacks.
I – Word Understanding
Disrupting – interrupting / causing disturbance or a problem
Hacks – strategies used in order to do something more efficiently
II – Have Your Say
1. Why is it important to keep a healthy metabolism? What do you do to keep a good metabolism?
2. Here are 5 quick ways to boost your metabolism:
2.1 Don’t sit still. Fidget, stand, and chew gum; these types of activities, termed
NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis), have been shown to help
torch an extra 300 to 2,000 calories per day.
2.2 Become a fan of green tea. Studies indicate that green tea can increase
metabolic rate by 4 to 5%. Feel free to go for seconds—it has only 2
calories per cup (sans sweetener, of course).
2.3 Drink more water. A German study discovered that downing two 8-ounce
glasses of H2O improved calorie burning by 30% in as little as 10 minutes,
and the effect lasted for more than an hour.
2.4 Add fresh lemon juice to your tea or water—it’s loaded with vitamin C.
Arizona State University researchers found that exercisers who don’t get
enough C may zap 25% fewer calories during a workout.
2.5 Get silly A classic study published in the International Journal of Obesity
revealed that laughing sparks a small increase in calorie burning. (We did
the math: Fifteen giggly minutes melts up to 40 calories!)