Our metabolism is like a combustion engine. It turns food into fuel, and it is responsible for producing, maintaining, and destroying material substances to drive vitality. Every part in our body depends on the metabolism of calories for energy, and a souped up engine burns most effectively.
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says that after age 20, our metabolism begins to decline, but we can keep our pistons popping with high-octane fuel, and a regular spin around the block.
Fuel Your Furnace
Your body has to work at digesting nutrient dense foods. Fiber in green vegetables offset high-calorie carvings, and your body works harder to digest them, burning more calories in the process. Clean protein makes you lean because your body uses it instead of storing it. Choose protein shakes, egg whites, fish and seafood, turkey breast, nonfat cottage cheese, and protein bars that have at least 15 grams of protein.
Less Is More
High-intensity workouts will burn calories and build muscle, but your body will reach for easily accessible carbs for fuel. Burning fat requires regular doses of low-intensity exercise, and a slow and steady burn improves metabolism. For the best results, alternate between the two.
Capsaicin, found in jalapenos, habaneros and cayenne peppers, is a bioactive ingredient that makes chili peppers hot. It has been proven to double energy expenditure for three hours after a meal. Ginger aids in digestion, increases body temperature and raises metabolic rates as much as 20 percent after eating.
A cup of coffee will charge your batteries, and speed up metabolism, and phenols in green tea have thermogenic properties that promote energy expenditure. Hydrating with water will boost your metabolic rate as much as three percent.
Whey Your Weight
Low carb and low fat whey proteins boost your metabolism more than soy or milk based proteins. Drinking a whey protein shake for breakfast will boost your metabolism by 25 percent. It’s low in calories, high in lean protein, and easy to make.
Rev up your engine with a diet rich in vegetables, high quality protein and walks in the park, and you’ll slough off unwanted pounds, and have more energy to boot.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.