Six Secrets to Firing Up Your Metabolism

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Everyone who is determined to lose weight and keep it off should know the secrets to firing up your metabolism. How quickly your body burns calories depends on a number of critical factors including:

• Your genes—some people are born with a speedier metabolism than others.
• Your gender—men burn calories faster than women even when they are resting.
• Your age—your metabolism starts to slow down after the age of 40.

By paying attention to your daily diet and lifestyle habits you can take control of your metabolism and encourage it to work in your favor. Here are six guaranteed ways to boost your metabolism and burn more calories.

Start the Day Right

The first step to kicking your metabolism up a notch is starting the day with a healthy breakfast, every day. If you skip this important meal, you’ll drive your body into starvation mode and your metabolism will slow to a crawl to conserve energy. You should aim to get between 22 – 40 percent of your daily caloric intake at this first sitting; this will help you avoid gaining weight over time. Scrambled eggs and oats ate the perfect way to start any day.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water throughout the day will help keep your metabolism up to pace, If you drink your water icy cold, this will increase your metabolism slightly as your body works to warm your core temperature.
Protein-up for Lunch

A protein-packed lunch will help you maintain lean muscle and muscle burns a higher amount of calories than fat does, when when you’re resting. You should aim for around 40 grams of protein with your lunchtime meal. That’s the equivalent of a 4oz boneless chicken breast or a cup of low-fat cottage cheese.

Sip Some Green Tea

Replace your late or coffee with green tea. This delicious drink provides a great boost to your metabolism and is packed with antioxidants to keep your immune system healthy. Studies show that drinking three to five cups of green tea each day may reduce your body weight by over 4 percent in just 12 weeks.

Spice Up your Life

Adding spice to your meals can also help your body burn calories faster. Peppers like chilies and jalapenos are rich in a compound called capsaicin; this is what gives them their kick. According to the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, eating a teaspoonful of mashed green or red chili before a meal can produce up to a 23 percent spike in your metabolism.

Switch your Pace

When you’re working out, don’t be tempted to go full speed ahead just to get it over with. Alternating a steady paced cardio with short, quicker bursts of activity kicks your metabolism up a notch and help your burn more calories over the long term.

Amp up your metabolism by using these helpful tips and you will see results before you know it!

Here's to your wellness,


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