How to Boost Metabolism
Having a slow metabolism isn’t as permanent-sounding as it used to be.
Metabolism is the big word used to describe the body’s rate and ability to regulate how much people eat and drink, and how active they are.
With a high metabolism, people can do amazing things- they can eat more, do more rock climbing or weekly cycling, and eventually be healthier. Some even lose weight as a result of the benefits of a fast metabolism. Here are five ways to help you boost your metabolism.
Amp up the Coffee and Green Tea Intake
Drinking has never been healthier. While the caffeine in coffee stimulates the processes in your body (and your metabolism too), green tea helps convert the fats in the body to fatty acids. That way, they’re easier to digest and in turn speed up your metabolism.
Less Party, More Sleep
Sleep deprivation lowers your body’s energy levels, promotes the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin and suppresses the appetite suppressant hormone leptin. Sleeping for the recommended hours just does the reverse.
Pile up on the Protein
The body uses and produces more energy to digest protein, which leads to a boosted metabolism. Protein boosts the body’s metabolic rate by 15-30%, which is three times as much as carbs do2.
Stock the Muscle
The body burns more calories with muscle than with fat because muscle is more metabolically active than fats.
Lifting heavy objects and hitting the gym for resistance training can help you bulk up enough to keep your metabolism flowing.
If you have to exercise, do HIIT
High-intensity interval training forces your body’s metabolism and metabolic rate to speed up the same way it makes your heart pump. If you’re starting out on a weight loss journey, making HIIT your form of exercise could mean leading a healthier, more energetic life.
Bonus tip: don’t forget to take lots of cold water- it’s soothing, and jumpstarts the metabolism for up to an hour!