5 ways to boost your metabolism

5 ways to boost your metabolism

We get our energy from the food and drink we consume, but the calories are converted into energy by our metabolism.

Many factors can determine our metabolic rate; gender, age and body shape. There are ways to help the metabolism run a little faster however. Meaning you’ll burn off that chocolate bar in a much quicker time!

1. Always remember breakfast

Kick-start your metabolism with a good healthy breakfast. Not everyone feels like food first thing in the morning, so snack on something small like a banana or a bowl of natural yoghurt.

2. Drink water and green tea

Both of these hydrators are great for the metabolism. Drinking plenty of water is a relatively easy way to speed up digestion and the aim is to drink eight glasses a day. When it comes to green tea, it’s naturally caffeine-free and counted as a superfood, it packs in the antioxidants as well as speeding up metabolism.

3. Eat for a higher metabolic rate

Who knew that eating could speed up the metabolism? Well if you choose your foods wisely, you can help your system burn calories. Try chillies, tuna and grapefruit (not necessarily at the same time!) Also remember that protein helps to boost the metabolism so try eggs at breakfast to double your metabolic efficiency.

4. Work out

You knew it was coming! Weights can help with speeding up your resting metabolic rate, so start lifting those dumbbells.

5. Sleep

Thought you’d like this one…. A lack of sleep has been linked to slower metabolisms, so if you’re serious about boosting your calorie burning power, then ensure you get a good amount of shut eye every night. Eight hours is the optimal amount for adults, although many can get by on seven.

 

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Matthew C.
1 October 2016

Matthew C.

Yes Elizabeth I have tried matcha tea. Hated it. Much prefer green tea, and it's much cheaper too.

Derek B.
1 October 2016

Derek B.

Here we go again - the old chestnut "drink 8 glasses of water a day". There is not a single shred of evidence for this. All so-called experts seem to spout off about it but it is simply NOT true! No study, no research, no review, no report, no investigation has shown it to be so!!

Elizabeth N.
30 September 2016

Elizabeth N.

Re green tea - anyone tried matcha tea?? Meant to be v powerful and far more antioxidants than green tea.

Matthew C.
28 September 2016

Matthew C.

I do none of these things - but I don't struggle with my weight at all. As long as you exercise enough, I don't think it makes any difference how much sleep/eating breakfast/green tea etc makes.

craig t.
25 September 2016

craig t.

Yes I am liking the sleep one. Shame for me that I only tend to get 7 hours each night, but I feel okay on it.

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