After you eat a meal, you can thank your metabolism for revving into gear and converting that food into energy. While everyone’s metabolic rate differs, the faster yours is, the more calories you’ll burn. It’s that simple!
Of course, if you were born with a slower metabolism, it can take you a bit longer to burn those calories and fewer end up being burned overall – leading to excess calories, and potentially weight gain. Luckily, there are a few healthy habits you can implement to increase your metabolic rate all day through.
- Get some zzz’s. We can’t say it enough – sleep is seriously important. Not only does getting enough sleep keep you from yawning your way through the day, it can also keep your metabolism quick and constantly burning.
- Drink coffee. The caffeine in coffee can speed up your metabolism for up to three hours after drinking it. Because caffeine is absorbed into the blood stream quickly, it also speeds up your heart rate – and your metabolism.
- Add spices to your meals. Adding a little zesty spice to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the form of cayenne, jalapenos, habaneros, or other spicy concoction has been shown to boost your metabolism in some studies. Plus – it’s delicious!
- Lift heavy weights. Who says lifting is only for men? (We sure don’t!) Not only does lifting some heavy poundage increase your strength and help you lose weight, it also may speed up your metabolism, helping you burn extra calories hours after you leave your gym session.
- Try high intensity interval training. While long bouts of cardio can certainly work wonders in increasing your endurance, toning your leg and core muscles, and helping you lose a few extra pounds, shorter bursts of energy can also do the trick. High intensity interval training (or HIIT) is a type of workout routine filled with quick, repetitive exercises that help you burn calories in a shorter amount of time. These quick bouts of high intensity activity can increase your metabolism for hours on end.
Do you have any key tips for speeding up your metabolism? Let us know in the comments below!