By Laura Briggs
Some people are lucky enough to be born with a high metabolism, which is the process our body uses to undertake chemical transformations within our bodies – including burning calories.
The metabolism slows down significantly over the age of 40, and men naturally have a higher metabolism than women. There are a number of other factors that affect metabolism, and here are 10 ways you can boost yours.
- Build muscle – We all burn calories even when we’re resting, but muscle requires more energy than fat, so for every pound of muscle six calories are needed just to sustain it when resting. For a pound of fat, it’s just two calories.
- Get active - Metabolism is revved up just hours after a workout and aerobic exercise is a great way to kick start it. High intensity workouts are best as it boosts the resting metabolic rate.
- Drink more fluids – The more dehydrated you are, the slower your metabolism runs. Those who drink more water burn more calories over the course of the day. Try drinking a glass of water before every meal to top up your fluid levels.
- Add ice – having five or six glasses of water with ice over the course of the day can burn an extra 10 calories – it doesn’t sound like much but when you think it equates to a pound a year, it’s worth taking your drinks on the rocks!
- Eat little and often - it’s true when they say that eating a large meal can make you feel sluggish, and your metabolism can feel the same too. Eating large meals with long periods in between means your metabolism will begin to slow down. Eat little and often and it will stay on the ball.
- Spice it up – hot foods, including chillies is great for boosting the metabolism. The results are temporary, but by eating spicy food frequently, you build up a better metabolic rate.
- Add protein - Proteins including fish, tofu and nuts are great for the metabolism, so include more protein and less carbohydrate to your diet.
- Wake up and smell the coffee – Coffee not only wakes you up, but also increases the metabolic rate if taken in moderation.
- Time for tea – Like coffee, tea with caffeine including green tea and oolong, which also contains catechism are shown to speed up the metabolism for a few hours.
- Avoid crash diets – disastrous all round, a crash diet confuses the metabolism and makes it run slow. No good in the long term for burning calories.