Increasing Your Metabolism

Unfortunately we all can’t have the metabolism of a 16 year old teenage boy and as we age our metabolism slowly declines. Metabolism is not only based off of your age but also your height, weight, gender, body composition and genetics which can all play a role in how fast your body burns calories. However what many people don’t realize is simple alterations and additions to an individual’s diet can help boost your metabolism.

The number one thing to remember is skipping meals and/or fasting will not help you lose weight it will actually increase your likely hood of gaining weight. This is because long periods of not eating will slow your metabolism and cause the body to go into starvation mode. And therefore lead to the body storing fat as its main source of energy.

Some tips to keep in mind whether you want to up your metabolism or even lose weight is to eat 4 to 6 small meals a day or try to eat something light and healthy every 3-4 hours. Food is not the only thing your body needs to keep your metabolism running. Hydrating your body with plenty of water also plays an important role. Finally it is essential to stay active by exercising because not only will it help you keep a healthy figure, it will also help to increase your metabolism to burn off those pesky calories that we all share a love/hate relationship with.

Below are some foods that may help in firing up your metabolism. Try incorporating them more frequently into your diet to increase your metabolism.

  • Green tea
  • Flax seed
  • Hot peppers or cayenne pepper
  • Garlic
  • Foods containing vitamin C (i.e. oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes)
  • Berries
  • Fish
  • Lean protein
  • Broccoli

By: Heather Coffman

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