The goal of this site is to help people improve their health/wellness, so the first post will be something that can be applied immediately without too much effort. There are many ways to improve your metabolism, but I’m going to give you five easy ones.
1) Eat breakfast and don’t skip meals.
You’ve heard this before. Yeah, you may be in a hurry to catch the bus or make it out the door to get to work on time, but you can’t miss the first meal of the day. Skipping breakfast actually makes your metabolism slow down because your body thinks it is fasting. Even if you don’t like traditional breakfast food, eat a quick bowl of cereal before you leave. If you are too “starved” for time, bring an apple or toast on the road. Eating your meals on a regular schedule keeps your metabolism running at an ideal rate.
2) Drink water and green tea.
Water needs to be a daily fixture for your body. Every now and again while you’re working, trade in your soda or coffee at work for a bottle of water or a cup of green tea. Water cleanses your system and green tea is actually proven to boost your metabolism. Studies have shown that antioxidants in green tea can cause the body to waste calories as heat, which will increase the amount of calories burned.
3) Spice up your life.
No, literally. Keep a jar of red pepper flakes to put on your pizza, pasta, or other meals. The compound capsaicin (it gives chili peppers the mouth-searing quality) helps speed up your metabolism. A tablespoon of red or green chili peppers per day spikes your body’s production of heat and surprisingly enough, the activity of your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight reaction). So if you can simply eat the heat, you can boost your metabolism approximately 23%.
4) Include protein in all of your meals.
Instead of carbs or fats, try to eat protein in healthy doses each meal. Proteins make your body work harder to digest them, which in turn speeds up your metabolism.
Obviously. This one might actually take a little effort, but it’s clear that exercising regularly improves your metabolism significantly. Get outside and jog once a day, join a sports league, or sign up for a gym membership! Taking the initiative to be physically active is the single-most important aspect to improving your metabolism.