Your metabolic rate is the number of calories your body needs at rest ie. when you’re not doing anything.
Your weight, gender, and age affect that rate. However, there are other ways you can control your metabolism. The faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn.
Here are 10 ways to boost your metabolism naturally.
It’s not only your mental function that decreases when you’re not getting in enough sleep, it’s also your metabolism that slows down.
To help speed your metabolism make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night, which for the average adult is between 7 and 9 hours.
Drinking water is an easy way to help speed up your metabolism and digestion. Dehydration causes a sluggish digestive system and slows your metabolism.
Cayenne contains capsaicin which not only gives it its heat but also helps speed digestion. Next time you’re cooking add a dash of cayenne pepper to get things moving.
Strength training builds muscle and the more muscle you have the more calories you burn even when you’re not working out.
Add weight training to your workout routine a few times a week to amp up your metabolism.
It’s not enough to workout in the morning and do nothing else all day. Small movements throughout the day all add up to giving your metabolism a boost.
Park further away from entrances so you have to walk a bit more. Take the stairs where you can, and get up from your chair every hour and stretch or walk around for a metabolism boosting break.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Skipping breakfast can slow down your body’s fat-burning ability, as it’s trying to conserve energy. To get your metabolism revving, make sure to start your day with a nutritious breakfast.
Have a Little Caffeine
Caffeine in coffee and green tea is absorbed by the bloodstream quickly giving you a jolt of energy and your metabolism a boost.
Just make sure to limit your caffeine drinking to the morning and early afternoon so it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.
Fill up on Protein
Proteins take longer and are harder to digest than carbs, which means you burn more calories digesting them.
Not only that, but protein fills you up faster and for longer which means you’ll be less tempted to reach for an unhealthy snack.
When you’re stressed out, your body produces cortisol which reduces your ability to burn fat, slowing down your metabolism.
This may be why you notice you tend to gain weight when you’re stressed.
Make sure to give yourself time every day to wind down and destress whether it’s with an evening yoga or meditation session or a hot bath.
If you love your cardio, add some speed intervals and sprints to your next jog to speed up your metabolism.
Little quick bouts of high-intensity activity help you speed up metabolism and burn calories long after you’ve cooled down.