How to boost your metabolism

Metabolism is a term that describes all the chemical reactions in your body, the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Your metabolic rate, however, is essentially how many calories you burn.

The higher the rate is, the more calories you will burn so here are some excellent ways to boost your metabolism.

HIIT workouts, high intensity interval training involves a short workout and quick bursts of energy with a quick resting period. This exercise routine is known to not only boost your metabolism but also aid fat burning by increasing your metabolic rate.

There are hundreds of HIIT workouts widely available on the internet to kickstart the journey to boosting your metabolism. These types of workouts are usually short making them ideal to slot into a busy schedule.

Green Tea is another metabolism booster and studies have shown it may increase your metabolic function by 4 to 5%.

This means green tea drinkers may burn an extra 100 calories per day, according to studies. Green tea is low in calories and high in antioxidants called catechins which may also help you to lose weight.

An increase of protein to the diet can also help boost metabolism and burn over 100 extra calories a day, studies have shown. The thermic effect of food describes the number of calories that your body uses to digest, absorb and process the nutrients you get in your meals. Research has also highlighted protein causes the biggest rise in the thermic effect of food.

Spicy food is known to temporarily increase your metabolism.

It has the ability to increase the release of hormones in the body such as adrenaline, so when your heart rate goes up, it boosts metabolism and you will burn more calories. On top of that, capsaicin is what gives chilli peppers its spice and has also been found as an appetite suppressant.

Why not add a little extra spice to a stir fry, curry, soup or even a salad to stimulate your metabolism?

Last but certainly not least, it is more important than ever to get a solid night’s sleep in today’s hectic and fast paced world as sleep deprivation can cause metabolic dysregulation and weight gain.

A study conducted at the University of Chicago explains that when you’re fatigued, your body lacks the energy to carry out some of the normal day-to-day functions you naturally do, like burning calories, so your metabolism is automatically slowed down.

A lack of sleep may also increase the hormone ghrelin, the hunger hormone and decrease leptin, the fullness hormone. As busy as you are, sleep is a vital part of our lifestyle as humans and it essential to rest and look after your body.

Katie Lowry

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