Tricks to Boost Your Metabolism

Updated on August 6, 2017

Eat small meals every few hours (and include protein!)

When the body is not fed regularly, the metabolism slows down to preserve what little food it has to use as fuel. By feeding the body small and wholesome, protein rich meals every 2-3 hours, the body will constantly have fuel to be processed by its metabolism. This keeps the metabolism working quickly and efficiently. By including protein in every meal, the body maintains muscle mass and can essentially become a muscular, calorie burning machine.

Drink coffee and tea

Drinking caffeinated coffee and tea provides a little kick to the metabolism. Caffeine essentially jolts the central nervous system, which increases the metabolism. Of course, it is possible for the body to become tolerant of caffeine to the point where the coffee and tea don't have the same effect on metabolism. A minimal to moderate intake of caffeine can counter this effect and continue to allow the stimulating effect it has on the CNS.

Caffeine can be an effective boost to the metabolism.
Caffeine can be an effective boost to the metabolism.

Do your HIIT!

While one does burn calories during interval training, the training increases the metabolism by something called the "afterburn effect." This is also known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). After an intense HIIT session, the body needs more oxygen than usual to return the body to a stable, resting state, which results in more energy expended by the body for up to 48 hours. Thus, the metabolism is working harder and burning more calories.

Incorporate fiber into your diet

Because fiber is indigestible, when the body it fed fiber is expends quite a bit of energy trying to digest it. The body works harder to digest fiber than other foods. By working harder to digest fiber, the metabolism is taxed and increases.

Fiber is indigestible, so the metabolism works harder to digest it.
Fiber is indigestible, so the metabolism works harder to digest it.

Never skip breakfast

Eating breakfast is a great way to kick start the metabolism for the day. After about 9+ hours of starvation (due to sleep), it is important to eat again as soon as possible. Also, it's important to add plenty of protein in this meal. Not to mention, eating breakfast may prevent hunger and/or binge eating throughout the day.

Lift weights!

The more lean muscle mass on your body, the more efficiently your body will burn calories. A direct correlation has been shown between muscle mass and metabolism efficiency; muscle tissue burns more fat than fat tissue does.

Lifting weights can boost the metabolism.
Lifting weights can boost the metabolism.

Drink plenty of water

After drinking water, the body expends calories in the effort to heat the water to body temperature. Water also provides benefits in almost all bodily functions, and can leave people feeling full which can prevent excessive eating.

© 2017 Annika Faught

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      Heidi C Hausmann 

      14 months ago

      I am a 2 DVT / multi PE survivor 8 mos into my recovery. Never sick in my Life and quite health proactive, I broke 2 ankles, acquired MRSA and suffered Sepsis. The last 2 years have been surviving a true hell. I am grateful.

      In the midst of all of this, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos. My TSH was over 13.

      I want to lose 25 lbs and am on a self created low cal, diet, and burn 600-800 cals a day in exercises, arms, legs, light weights, water aerobics, Recumbent and/or Nautilus Bike, and Treadmill.

      Sadly, I cannot return to my former 16-20mph speed at level 6-10 as I was before I collapsed or level 10+ incline at 4mph without breathing issues.

      My right lung suffered severe damage from my 5 clots. Scar tissue formed and it obstructs my blood from being oxygenated properly so I am still on level 2 Oxygen daily 24/7.

      I began to wean off it and suffered a TIA (mini stroke).

      My question is to any here who have a bad Thyroid, genetics issue, and/or lung damage caused by DVT or PEs.

      I never carried additional weight and have a triathlete background. I believe injury and genetics lead me to a Perfect Storm.

      Is it possible to recover to at least 75% ?? I never lost energy and my only thyroid symptoms are dry skin, hair thinning and weight gain. I have not gained any weight in the last 3 months but want the 25 lbs gone I put on during my infection phase. All swelling and lymphedema are gone. All clots in lungs are gone. Only my DVT in right leg remains. My left one is gone.

      Any advice you can offer is welcomed. God bless you all.

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