Almost all packaged foods have a label that lists nutritional information and ingredients. To make better food choices you need to be able to decipher this important information. Believe me; they (junk food manufacturers disguising their product as healthy) make the label difficult to understand in order to confuse you. Below is the basic breakdown of food label terminology, what it means and some tips to save you from buying a product loaded with junk.
10 great ways to boost your metabolism!
1) Act like a caveman. By adopting a Paleo diet, which includes a good deal of protein. [Scroll down to the interview in this post for the definition and specifics of Paleo.] Digesting protein burns more calories than fat or carbs. So increasing your intake of protein increases lean body mass. Protein also keeps you feeling fuller, longer than carbs, so you can eat less and still be satisfied.
2) Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. Water is essential for our bodies to work effectively. Dehydration triggers the body into conservation mode, which leads to a slowdown in metabolism. There’s another reason to reach for that extra glass of water: When you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to eat more than when you’re sufficiently hydrated. The body often mistakes thirst for hunger.
3) Pack on the pounds (of muscle). A pound of muscle burns 6 calories a day to sustain itself versus the 2 calories burned by a pound of fat. So 20 pounds of muscle will burn 120 calories a day, while 20 pounds of fat will only burn 40 calories. An 80-calorie difference that works for you long after your workout.