Tricks to Boost Your Metabolism
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.
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.
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.
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.
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