9 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism
You’ve all seen them, the people who can scarf down an entire steak and still have the waist of a supermodel. If you’re reading this, odds are this isn’t you. Your metabolism, which is the process that breaks down food and fat into energy, determines how much you can eat without gaining weight.
The easiest way to stay thin is to be born with a fast metabolism, which of course isn’t very helpful advice. Thankfully, there are things you can do to boost your metabolism and stay healthy.
1. Bulk Up
Every part of your body takes energy to maintain. The human body is an incredibly complex piece of machinery, and you need to eat every day in order to keep the machine from falling apart. Muscles are no exception. Bulking up with five or ten pounds of muscle will cause your body to consume about a hundred extra calories every day, even as you sit on the couch.
You knew this one was coming, right? Here’s a pro tip: mix paced exercise with all out, full tilt effort. Alternate between three minutes of light exercise and 30 seconds of 100 percent effort. This will cause your body to burn an extra one or two hundred calories after you finish.
Even for somebody who stays fit, between 60 and 75 percent of your calorie burning occurs while you are resting. Research has shown that if you skimp on sleep, your body starts burning fewer calories, and you miss out on this opportunity.
4. Eat Frequently
This is a nice, low effort way to boost your metabolism. It’s also one of the reasons why dieting rarely works. The less often you eat, the more your body becomes terrified of starvation. It responds by tucking away every calorie it can and turning it into fat.
Experts recommend eating a meal about the size of your fist every two or three hours. This keeps your body assured that food is always abundant and that there’s no need to squirrel away calories.
5. Eat Right
Eating frequently doesn’t mean reaching for the potato chips every couple hours. Eat a proper meal every few hours with a serving of vegetables and protein. Vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrients. High fiber foods have metabolism boosting properties. Protein takes twice as many calories to break down as carbohydrates like sugar and bread. Finally, taking probiotic supplements regularly may help boost your metabolism, according to studies published by the Stanford School of Medicine.
6. Don’t Fall For Myths
There is no such thing as a “negative calorie” meal in any meaningful sense of the word. Nothing you eat will actually consume more calories than it offers, and that’s actually a good thing, unless you want your body to go into starvation mode and start storing up calories.
While it’s true that caffeine, hot peppers, and green tea can boost your metabolism and give you extra energy, no study has shown that any of these boost your metabolism enough to cause weight loss.
7. Get Your Omega 3 On
The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil, DHA and EPA, can boost your calorie consumption by a whopping 400 calories per day. To get the most out of omega 3s, take a capsule with 300 milligrams. Make sure that the capsule has both DHA and EPA. And of course, try to eat fish at least once a week.
8. Don’t Overdo Climate Control
Staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer actually uses up calories. Give your A/C and heater a rest and you’ll actually burn a few extra calories each day. The lower energy bill won’t hurt either.
9. A Body That Stays In Motion…
Never sit when you can stand, and never stand when you can walk. Not only does this burn extra calories on its own, it also makes it easier to keep exercising. Research has shown that we are usually more productive when we do the same tasks on our feet. We weren’t made to sit in chairs all day, so avoid it if you can.
So there you have it, nine ways to stay thin if the dice weren’t cast in your favor. Have you tried any of these methods? What’s working for you?