How to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Metabolism
Now that you know how stress can impact your metabolism, you may be wondering how you can manage your stressors and improve your metabolism. Because everyone is different, you'll have to find what works best for you; here's where to start.
According to Psychology Today, general strategies such as deep breathing, listening to music (specifically classical music), taking a hot bath, reading, practicing yoga, meditating, and exercising can help you manage stress. Making lifestyle changes such as getting more sleep, eating a balanced diet, and connecting with others can also help.
You can also boost your metabolism simply by increasing your protein and fat intake because your body has to work harder to process these macronutrients. You should also reduce your sugar intake as your body doesn't work hard to process it, and those calories will be stored as fat if you aren't very active. Exercise, specifically strength training, has been proven to boost your metabolism because you'll be building muscle, which is more metabolically active (it requires more energy) than fat. Here's a four-week strength training program to get you started.