Boosting metabolism is the holy grail of weight watchers everywhere, but how fast your body burns calories depends on several things.
Some people inherit a speedy metabolism. Men tend to burn more calories than women, even while resting. And for most people, metabolism slows steadily after age 40.
Here are a few helpful tips to boost your metabolism to a slimmer, more energetic you:
OPEN YOUR SHADES
Your body’s metabolism nods off while you sleep, because you aren’t active. Getting a quick hit of sunlight decreases sleep hormones, and helps to wake up your metabolism.
SIT DOWN TO BREAKFAST
You need to eat first thing in the morning or your body switches into conservation mode, which means you’ll burn kilojoules at a slower rate.
RUN UP THE STAIRS
Just one 30 second sprint increases your body’s production of human growth hormone fivefold (HGH).
It’s HGH that helps maintain muscles, which burn more kilojoules than fat.
DRINK A GLASS OF WATER
Drinking water, helps increase your metabolism during the day. Even mild dehydration will slow your metabolism as much as 3%.
HIT THE HAY
Studies show that sleep deprivation increases stress and lowers levels of the peptide hormone
TAKE A QUICK STROLL AROUND THE OFFICE
Getting up from your desk more often—and moving around, can blast up to 1200 extra kilojoules every day.
TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS
When your day gets hectic, close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths into your belly to reduce rising stress levels.
HAVE A 400—800 kj SNACK
Eat something at least every 4 hours. When you consistently give your body food, your metabolism doesn’t have to change to slow down.
DO AN INTERVAL TRAINING SESSION
Varying your workout intensity, bumps up your resting metabolism, so you continue to burn more kilojoules all day.
EAT A MIX OF LEAN PROTEIN, VEGGIES AND WHOLE GRAINS
The protein will help you build lean muscle, and the veggies and grains provide long-lasting energy.
TAKE A MULTIVITAMIN
It’s insurance that you’ll get enough of the nutrients—especially Vit B,C and D—that your metabolism needs to function properly.