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Our Favorite Metabolism-Boosting Tips

May 13, 2024
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A sluggish metabolism weighs you down—literally. Speed up yours for easier weight management, sustained energy levels, and better health with these expert tips from our board-certified physicians.

Metabolism is your body’s engine. A fast, efficient metabolism means easier weight management, sustained energy levels, and better overall health — a sluggish one results in a downward spiral of low energy and weight gain.

Understanding how to supercharge your metabolism is a game-changer if you want to rev up your energy and shed some pounds. Here, our experts at Advanced Medical Care in Queens and Brooklyn, New York, reveal our favorite practical, science-backed methods for giving your metabolic rate a substantial and sustained kick.

1: Eat more protein

Protein requires more energy to digest than fats or carbs (hello, calorie burn). It also grows and repairs muscles, indirectly increasing your metabolic rate between meals. 

Every time you eat, your body’s metabolism gets a slight boost as it processes the food. This is known as the thermic effect of food (TEF), and protein has the highest TEF of any nutrient. 

Roughly 20-30% of the calories in high-protein foods are burned during digestion, compared to about 5-10% for carbs and 0-3% for fats. If you’re looking for a metabolic multiplier, reach for protein.

2: HIIT workouts

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the buzzword in the fitness world and for good reason. This workout strategy alternates short bursts of intense activity with periods of lower-intensity exercise or rest. It’s a potent calorie torcher, and its effects on metabolism don’t stop when your workout ends.

HIIT’s short, intense periods of exercise push your body out of its comfort zone, leading to what’s known as the afterburn effect or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). This means your body can take hours to recover post-HIIT, so it keeps consuming energy (calories).

A sample HIIT session

An effective HIIT session can be as simple as a 20-minute jog alternating between a sprint for 30 seconds and a recovery walk for one minute. You can apply the principle to any cardiovascular exercise, such as cycling, swimming, jump roping, or even bodyweight exercises.

3: Weight-bearing exercises

Building muscle boosts your metabolism. Every pound of muscle burns about six calories a day at rest, compared to fat, which burns about two. 

Weight-bearing or resistance exercises are your ticket to increasing muscle mass and boosting your basal metabolic rate — the number of calories your body naturally burns daily to maintain basic functions.

Strength and resistance exercises, such as lifting weights, Pilates, or using resistance bands, break down muscle fibers. These tiny tears heal and grow back stronger, contributing to a faster metabolism and ultimate calorie-burning machine.

4: Quality sleep

The connection between sleep and metabolism is powerful. Irregular sleep patterns and poor sleep quality can disrupt your hormonal balance, including your appetite and how you use and store energy.

The sleep-metabolism link

Though sleep slows rather than speeds up your metabolism, adequate sleep helps your other body systems run efficiently so that you can maintain a healthy metabolism. Poor sleep leads to a higher BMI and an increased risk of obesity because it impacts two key appetite hormones: ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, and leptin, which suppresses it.

5: IV therapies for boosting metabolism

When you need a swift metabolic pick-me-up, our intravenous (IV) therapies are just the thing. They deliver potent metabolism-boosting compounds directly into your bloodstream.

Myers’ Cocktail

One of our most popular IV therapies, the Myers’ Cocktail, is a powerful compound that enhances overall well-being and stimulates metabolic functions. 

Formulated with a blend of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, and calcium, this therapy supports energy production and aids in the faster metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Its direct infusion into your bloodstream ensures maximum absorption, making it an efficient tool for boosting metabolic rates.

Glutathione IV therapy

Glutathione, often called the body’s “master antioxidant,” detoxifies your body, protecting cells from damage and boosting immune function. 

When administered intravenously, glutathione enhances metabolic processes by supporting your liver, an essential organ for fat metabolism and toxin removal. 

Lipo-mino mix IV

Our lipo-mino mix contains methionine, inositol, choline, and vitamin B12 — potent antioxidants that convert glucose into energy. These IV treatments also improve insulin sensitivity, helping your body use glucose more efficiently, so you can lose weight. 

Its antioxidant properties also help combat oxidative stress, which improves your metabolism and overall vitality.

If your metabolism needs a shot in the arm, call Advanced Medical Care, or book your appointment online and learn more about our IV therapies.

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