Six (Gimmick-Free) Ways to Fire Up your Metabolism

3 Dec

“I can’t eat very much because have a slow metabolism.”

How many times have you heard (or uttered) those words? Like, all the time, right? Welp, it’s BS.

Mostly.

We all have that one skinny friend who we’re totally jealous of. You know who I’m referring to: the friend one who can (to your great annoyance) eat Jack in the Box tacos whatever she damn well pleases and is still able to give Candace Swanepole a run for her money.  Though rare, these people do exist and are an extreme example of metabolism. But welcome to the land of reality, ladies and gentlemen – most of us are not that person.

Luckily, there’s hope for the rest of us.

There are quite a few ways to significantly boost your own metabolism, and it doesn’t take some as-seen-on-TV metabolism-reset diet to do the trick. In fact, the steps are pretty basic.

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1. Remember: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Your mother wasn’t lying, guys. When you sleep, your metabolism goes into a resting mode. Eating within an hour of waking up gives you a major boost and knocks it out of it’s sleepy state, jump-starting you for the day. Listening to people brag about skipping breakfast always makes me a little sad, cause, um, it’s not something to be proud of – oh, and bragging about skipping meals is lame. You’re doing yourself a huge disservice by waiting to eat until lunch. Even if you’re on the go, a quick bowl of oats with some protein (almond butter, protein powder, an egg) will do the trick.

2. Carry on with the eating thing

Think of your metabolism like a furnace. To keep it burning, you have to throw tinder on the logs or it’s gonna fizzle out. Eating keeps your metabolism fired up all day long –  5 or 6 small meals of protein, healthy carbs and greens will not only keep you from binging, it’ll also keep your metabolism fired up all day long. Not a fan of eating a bunch of little meals? Its ok, not everyone is a bird -keep your meal portions reasonable and have a little snack between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner. Just make sure to keep them small so you don’t end up overeating.

3. Hit the weight room

Ladies, that doesn’t mean you need to look like a bodybuilder (unless of course you want to look like a bodybuilder, then by all means, go to town). Muscles burn more calories than fat – think of muscles as little calorie burning machines that work ’round the clock. There are plenty of muscle-building exercises you can do at home with a set of dumbbells or bodyweight, or hit gym. The benefits of building muscle are two-pronged: not only does it help you burn fat, but toned look is an always-flattering added bonus. Not sure where to begin? Check out these sick apps from Greatist.com.

4. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High Intensity Interval Training, simply put, it working alternating between bursts of balls-out sprints followed by periods of recovery, rather than at a steady pace. It fires up your metabolism all day long, and according to Shape Magazine, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish your workout.

Added bonus: HGH keeps ya looking youthful, that doesn’t suck.

Second added bonus: A HIIT workout should be limited to 30 minutes or less – whoever said less is more is on to something.

5. H-two-Oh

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism concluded that drinking water increases metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy adults. Thirty freaking percent! That’s pretty significant. And if you’re one of those freaks who is motivated by fear? The same study found that even mild dehydration can slow it by 3%.  The bottom line: drink. your. water.

5. Sleep

There are a whole host of negative effects with not getting enough sleep, but I’ll stick to topic: according to the National Institution of Health, not getting enough sleep -even just a couple of nights- can seriously effect metabolism. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t get any faster. Prioritize your ZZZ’s. Having a tough time dozing off? One of these reasons may be to blame.

6. De-stress

Very long story short: stress creates this crappy ass hormone called Cortisol. In addition to sleeplessness, belly fat, and a bunch of other undesirables, tack on slowed metabolism as an unwanted side effect. There are plenty of ways to manage stress – from kickboxing to meditation to a favorite hobby – figure out what works for you and give yourself some love and a better metabolic rate.

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