7 Things You Should Be Doing to Keep Your Metabolism Revving

Wouldn’t it be nice to have that super high metabolism we once did as a child where we could pretty much eat anything we wanted and never seemed to lose weight?  Ah, those were the days.  Now, if we just look at certain foods it seems like our pants fit tighter.  Well, it doesn’t have to be like that if you are doing things to keep your metabolism revving.  Below are seven amazing strategies how you can utilize to give your metabolism a boost and keep it firing on all cylinders all day, every day.

You can utilize one or all of these strategies in order to reap the benefits.  Clearly the more you implement, the better the chances are of skyrocketing your metabolism into orbit and helping manage your body weight in the process. 

1. Lift heavy weights

Something many people don’t realize is that muscle has the ability to burn calories all day long versus fat in the body.  When you increase your lean muscle mass, that muscle needs energy and in order to do so, must use up calories.  What’s even better is that muscle burns calories even while at rest.  Can you imagine burning calories while not even in the gym?!  Don’t be afraid of adding quality muscle mass to your physique, by doing so you’ll naturally increase your metabolism and help keep your body fat in check. 

2. HIIT cardio

High-intensity interval training is a great way to send your metabolism into orbit, even after you’ve completed the workout.  These brief and intense bouts of exercise are an amazing fat-burner and have become a secret-weapon when it comes to reducing body fat.  Additionally, utilizing a HIIT style of training can drastically cut down on the amount of time spent in the gym – who wouldn’t want more time to do other things?  No one enjoys 60 minutes of cardio on top of weight training.  But, when you incorporate HIIT, you can get even more benefits than the 60-minute session in half the time! 

3. Eat spicy foods

Spicy foods such as peppers generally contain a substance called capsaicin.  Capsaicin has the ability to increase your metabolism.  While this isn’t some magic additive that you should be putting in and on all of your food, it can help you make subtle changes to your physique while keeping your metabolism elevated. 

4. Get more sleep

If you aren’t getting the recommended 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night, you’re missing out on a great way to not only recover properly from your workouts, but also keep your metabolism revving.  Lack of sleep has been associated with insulin resistance and an overall increase in blood sugar levels.  To keep your body and metabolism functioning properly, work on going to bed early enough to allow yourself to get a better night’s sleep to achieve the full 7-9 hours that are recommended.  Your body and your mind will thank you the following day. 

5. Drink cold water

It seems so simple, yet not enough people are drinking good old cold water throughout the day.  Researchers have found that individuals who drink water are able to increase their metabolism by 10-30% for around 60 minutes after consuming around 17 ounces of water.  Your body needs to kick into overdrive when you consume cold water because it needs to warm up the cold water you just drank.  Add this to the fact that our body needs proper hydration anyways, so there’s no reason not to be drinking more water throughout the day. 

6. Drink green tea or coffee

Green tea has been shown to be able to enhance your metabolism by around 5%.  Additionally, research confirmed that green tea has the capability of increasing fat burning by taking fat that is stored in the body and converting it into free fatty acids that the body is able to use as fuel.  Coffee, too, has been shown to increase metabolism anywhere from 3% to 11% and helps promote fat burning.  This is great news for all of you who need you morning cup of coffee before you even think about walking out the door for the day. 

7. Eat more protein

Protein should definitely be your friend.  When you consume food, your metabolism becomes elevated for a few hours following.  The reason for this is because your body needs to break down the food you just ate in order to transport and utilize the nutrients.  Protein causes the body to work harder to fully break down and digest the food when compared to the other macronutrients (carbohydrates and fat).  In fact, consuming protein can increase your metabolism anywhere from 15% to 30%.  It is recommended that you take in a protein source with each of your meals during the day and even snacks when possible. 

 

Article Courtesy Of Matt Weik