Your metabolism controls the number of calories your body burns per day, so the faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn. For those trying to lose weight and get in shape, increasing your metabolic rate is the best way to go. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done.
Good news: we’ve got some sneaky metabolism-boosting tricks to help you burn more calories every day. Read on to discover our secrets for a faster metabolism:
1. High intensity
When you do low intensity exercise, you burn fat rather than glucose. It’s great for losing weight, but it takes longer.
If you want to burn more calories, it’s time to increase the intensity. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves doing intervals of high-intensity exercise followed by intervals of low-intensity exercise.
- Sprint for one minute, walk/jog for four minutes.
- Bike like crazy for 60 seconds, pedal slowly for two minutes.
With HIIT, you put in less time with more effort, and 15-20 minutes a day is more than enough.
It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your metabolism. Lifting weights can be tough, but your body burns more energy to provide your muscles with the fuel they need. Get off the treadmill/bike/elliptical and start lifting weights to get your body running faster.
3. Eat right
Did you know that cutting too many calories from your diet doesn’t always lead to weight loss, but often leads to weight gain? When you don’t eat enough, your metabolism slows down instead of speeding up. It is a defense mechanism that allows your body to conserve energy in times of starvation.
Want to make sure your metabolism is running at full throttle? Eat the right amount of calories and push yourself harder in your workout. Weight + HIIT + healthy eating = FAST metabolism!
4. Be more active
That doesn’t mean you have to put in more hours in the gym each day, but it does mean finding more ways to get your heart pumping. Don’t drive to the corner store, but walk there and back. Park at the back of the parking lot and go up and down the stairs to the office. The more active you are, the more energy your body will provide and the more calories you will burn.
5. Sleep for up to eight hours
Sleep deprivation can cause levels of the hormone ghrelin to rise, which causes your brain to tell your body that you’re hungry. Additionally, you will find that the loss of sleep slows down your body. Make sure you get seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
6. Make it spicy
Spices like red bell pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger, and turmeric boost your metabolism a bit. These spices increase the heat inside your body – a reaction called thermogenesis – and help you burn more calories. Green tea can also do the trick.
7. Drink more water
Did you know that drinking After water is a way to boost your metabolism? A study found that drinking just one 16-ounce glass of water caused the human body to burn nearly 24 calories. Drink eight to ten cups of water a day, and that’s an extra 200 calories burned doing nothing but hydrate.
Sounds almost too good to be true, right? These sneaky tricks listed above are so simple that anyone can do them, so why not you start integrating them into your life today? Before you know it, your metabolism will be revving up.