Top 5 of the Best Ways to Increase Metabolism: Your metabolism is all the chemical processes that occur within your body that are keeping you alive- not the number of calories you burn. Nowadays, however, ‘metabolism’ has become synonymous for your metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories you burn.
1. Pump some iron
Dumbbells and dead lifts are your friends. Muscle not only weighs more than fat, it is also more metabolically active than fat. Every pound of muscle on your body uses about 6 calories a day just to stay alive. If you put on a little muscle mass, you can ramp up your resting metabolism and look leaner. Strength training for even just half an hour twice a week can raise your resting metabolism significantly. So, in addition to your interval training, remember to add some weights to your routine!
2. Eat more protein
While eating food in general increases your metabolism for a few hours, protein gives the biggest increase. This is because food requires extra calories to digest, absorb, and process the meal, which is called the thermic effect of food (TEF). Protein can increase your metabolism as much as 15 to 30 percent, and can also cause you to eat less. So if you increase the amount of protein in your diet, you should be well on your way to a higher metabolism.
3. Do NOT skip breakfast
After a big dinner the night before or a wild night out it’s tempting to compensate by skipping the most important meal of the day- but don’t. When you wake up in the morning, wake up your metabolism too. Studies show that women who skip meals, especially breakfast, are 4 ½ times more likely to become obese. So while in the short term you may see the numbers go down on the scale, your metabolism nose-dives. With a slow metabolism you are more than likely to put the weight back on, and more. So even if it means waking up a minute earlier to grab a yogurt out of the fridge before heading to work, the sacrifice is worth it.
4. Drink green tea
Green tea has been heralded as a superfood (or, rather, super drink) for a while now. There is evidence that the active ingredient catechin helps improve your metabolism. Catechin is an antioxidant that helps release fat from fat cells, speeding up the rate your body converts fat to energy. Green tea has shown to improve your metabolism anywhere between 5 to 17 percent.
5. Cut down on your alcohol intake
If cocktail hour is a habit for you, maybe skip the second drink. Studies show alcohol can slow down your metabolic rate as much as 73 percent. This is because when there is a cosmo or margarita to break down, your body makes that the priority instead of the food it should be digesting. Don’t deny yourself the occasional indulgence- but try sticking to low calorie drinks. Above all, try and avoid the go-to bar drunchies. Fries and burgers may seem perfect when you’ve had a drink or two, but your body will thank you the next morning for not giving in.