There’s no doubt about it – your basal metabolic rate decreases with age. While that’s probably not the best news you’ve heard today, you’ll be happy to know that there are several things you can do to speed it up a bit!
Here are 7 easy ways to boost your metabolism:
1. Eat all day long
Now, don’t get us wrong – we’re certainly not telling you to eat lots of unhealthy food throughout the day. But what you should do is avoid the traditional “3 meals per day” and instead opt for more frequent, smaller meals.
Whatever you do, don’t skip meals – especially breakfast! Not only will skipping meals slow your metabolism down – it can also cause your blood sugar to drop and make you more likely to binge-eat later in the day.
2. Get enough sleep
Feeling guilty about pressing the snooze button? If so, you’ll be glad to hear that skipping an early morning workout to sleep in may help boost your metabolism!
So get some rest, and then…
3. Do short workouts throughout the day
Instead of doing one long workout, try breaking up your exercise routine into several smaller workouts and spreading them out during your day. For example, try to fit in several 15-minute workouts if you can – it’s a great way to spend your breaks at work!
4. Grab a healthy caffeinated drink
The key word here is “healthy” – that means no sugar-filled sodas!
Instead, reach for some tea or coffee (drinking it black is the healthiest option). Since caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, it’ll give your metabolism a nice boost while helping you stay awake and focused at work!
5. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D
Research has shown that the vast majority of Americans do not get enough vitamin D. This is alarming because vitamin D doesn’t just help you avoid heart disease and other health problems – it gives your metabolism a nice boost!
In fact, the University of Minnesota studied vitamin D’s effects on the metabolism by testing two groups of people. The group that added 1000IU of vitamin D to their diets (as opposed to the other group that added no vitamin D to their diets) ended up losing 5 pounds in 11 weeks because of the way vitamin D helps the metabolism!
So, get some vitamin D by stepping outside for 30 minutes (or less, depending on your skin type and specific needs) or eating some fatty fish like salmon or tuna.
6. Drink enough water
If you’re dehydrated, you may burn fewer calories. For best results, aim to drink 8 or more glasses of water every day. Yes, it’s a lot of water, but the results are worth it!
7. Get your protein
Eating protein boosts your metabolism because your body has to expend a lot of energy to digest it properly. But you have to eat quite a bit of protein for this to work, so aim to consume some kind of protein at every meal. Your body will thank you!