A faster or boosted metabolic rate is key to maintaining a slim physique. Increased metabolism means your body burns calories at a higher rate. It works harder even when you’re sitting at your desk in the office. You might feel you’ve been “cursed” by a rate that doesn’t seem to work for you but against you. There are several ways you can help make your metabolism work with you towards your fitness goals. Check out these 8 ways to boost your metabolism:
Exercise – Obviously! The earlier in the day the better. Your body burns faster whilst you’re exercising and if you’re serious about getting in shape you MUST exercise anyway. An increased metabolism for a period after exercising is an added bonus – the icing on the cake (metaphorical – don’t eat any cake). Weights or resistance training will have your metabolism boosted for longer but cardio is good too. Your regime might incorporate weights in the morning and some cardio later on.
Breakfast – another early morning tip is to make sure you eat breakfast. Some people like to skip breakfast and substitute a (usually sugary) coffee but breakfast gives your body a metabolic launch. Don’t think of a massive, fried breakfast but a snack. You don’t need a large meal to boost your body. If you don’t feel hungry eat some fruit or something small but healthy. Regular, small, frequent meals are important.
Add spices to your food. Hot spices like chili pepper, cayenne pepper and ginger have long been associated with metabolic increases but that’s not the whole story. Cinnamon is another spice that some studies show increases your metabolism twentyfold — at only a quarter to a full tablespoon per day. That’s an impressive impact for a very small amount and cinnamon is delicious. Try it added to your coffee (no sugar!) or sprinkled over a fruit salad. Get some metabolism boosting spice into every meal of the day – even breakfast!
Make sure you get enough vitamin C. It’s essential for your health and you should be taking it anyway, but as a bonus, it also helps fat metabolise. Fruits and vegetables with vitamin C should be consumed regularly. Consider supplements if your intake is low but it’s much better to just eat fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables. Kale, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi fruits, brussel sprouts and strawberries are all packed with vitamin C and other healthy vitamins and minerals. They’re super tasty too!
Drink to boost your metabolism. Ice cold drinks sap some of the heat from your body. To correct that heat loss, more energy needs to be expended, which can increase your metabolism. Caffeine can raise your heart rate and increase your metabolism – just don’t overdo it. A metabolic boost is fine but we don’t want to go overboard and suffer other adverse health effects. Tea can work as well as coffee. Don’t add sugar or milk.
Eat the right way at the right times. Eat smaller portions more often throughout the day. Every time you eat, your metabolism rises. Small frequent meals means you get this benefit more often. It also means you are less likely to overeat and will not be snacking on unhealthy snacks in between meals.
Here’s a short video with more sensible tips and instructions to help you boost your metabolism and get the most out of your diet and fitness regime:
Try some or all of these tips and note if you feel more full of verve and energy. Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, these metabolic tips can help boost you on your quest to become a fitter, healthier person.