5 Tips To Boost Your Metabolism

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Metabolism is the rate at which your body burn calories. It makes up an entire range of biological processes that happen internally such as the breakdown of foods you eat, taking and transforming them into energy.

If you're looking for some ways to burn more calories without much more effort, here are five tips you should follow to boost your metabolism.

1. Don’t starve

A lot of people think that skipping meals would translate to a slimmer waistline but they are completely wrong. In fact, missing meal or going too long between meals can cause your body to hold on extra calories once it’s fed, thereby slowing down your metabolism. So don’t starve yourself and eat four to six small meals per day to keep hunger at bay. Ensure you consume at least 1,500 calories per day for men and 1,200 for women to meet your basic metabolic needs.


2. Do exercises

Working out is the safest and most effective way to increase your metabolism. Different activities burn different quantities of calories. High-intensity workouts deliver a bigger, longer increase in resting metabolic rate than low-or moderate-intensity exercise. If you do exercises in the morning, you’ll raise your metabolism all day.


3. Drink more water

The energy burning process of metabolism needs water to work effectively. If you don’t drink enough water ( 8 to 12 glasses per day), you will feel fatigued and unwell and your metabolism may slow down. Therefore, you should drink a glass of water or other unsweetened beverage before every meal or snack. You should also eat more fresh fruits and vegetables that are full of fluid.


4. Get enough sleep

According to multiple studies, chronic lack of sleep can not only slow down your metabolism but also increase appetite and risks of obesity and weight gain. If you get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night, you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready for a new day ahead. However, you should remember power down electronic devices at least a half of hour before going to bed because the light of these gadgets make it hard for the body to get in to a restful state of mind.


5. Eat breakfast

After a long night of fasting, your body needs fuel to rev up its metabolism and a breakfast can help do that. If you skip your a.m meal, you will slow down your body's ability to burn fat as it tries to conserve energy. So make sure you have a healthy breakfast of scrambled eggs, low-fat turkey bacon and a piece of whole-grain toast within an hour of waking up to keep your metabolism running on high.


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I am a doctor at a general hospital in Washington DC. I am interested in issues related to health and environment. Currently, I am also a freelance writer for a health magazine.

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This article was published on 2013/09/27