24-hours to a Slimmer You

By: Jun Yuan Lim

Here's a simple 24-hour guide to make the most out of your body's metabolism and to a slimmer you.

7 A.M.

Rise and Shine - Your body's metabolism rate nods off while you are sleeping because your body is not active when you're sleeping. Sunlight helps to decrease your body's sleep hormones, like Melatonin, and helps in getting your body's metabolism back up during the day.

7.30 A.M.

Breakfast - It's very important you do not skip breakfast - as breakfast is the most important meal of the day. By skipping breakfast will cause your body to burn calories at a much slower rate throughout the day.

8.55 A.M.

Short exercise - By doing a short 30-second sprint in the morning will increae your body's production of human growth hormorne five-fold. This human growth hormone is responsible for helping your body to maintain muscles.

9 A.M.

It's time to drink some water - it has been found by researchers that by drinking 2 cups of water in the morning, it will help your body's metabolism increase by 30% after 40 minutes - and continuing to stay that way for an hour.

11 A.M.

Take a quick stroll around the office, or home - by getting up your seat and move around can help you burn an extra 350 calories a day - this is according to a study published in the journal "Science".

2 P.M.

Take a few deep breaths - especially when your day gets hectic. And stress hormones help damper your body's metabolism. All you need to do here when you start feeling stress is to close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths into your belly.

4 P.M.

Have some snacks (up to 100 - 200 calories) - eat something every 4 hours - by giving your body food consistently, it will not slow down your body's metabolism.

5.30 P.M.

Take sometime off for a little workout, such as running or cycling at about 80% of your all-out effort for a minute or so, then slow down to 50% for a minute, and a half, and so on - by doing so will help to bump up your body's resting metabolism, so your body will be able to burn more calories.

7 P.M.

Eat a mix of lean protein, vegetables and whole grains - proteins help build lean muscles in your body, while vegetables and grains help provide long lasting energy

7.30 P.M.

Take some multivitamins, such as Vitamins B, C and D, and Selenium - all these help your body's metabolism to function properly.

10.30 P.M.

Lights off - studies show that if you do not have sufficient sleep, it will lower your body's level of peptide hormone leptin, which will cause you to feel hungry.

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