Simple Metabolism Boosters

No, you do not have to spend a fortune on metabolism boosters that usually require you to starve as well.

Some people can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound, while others have to watch every mouthful — and their metabolisms may be the reason. Metabolism — the rate at which your body turns food into energy — is influenced primarily by your gender, age and genes. You can do a few things to give it a boost, though. Read on for seven simple metabolism boosters.

1Eat breakfast.

Your metabolism slows when you’re asleep — and one of the best ways to rev it up is with a healthy breakfast.

2Eat small, frequent meals.

Keep your metabolism fired up all day by supplying it with a constant source of fuel.  If you eat too few calories, your body will think it’s starving and slow down your metabolism to conserve energy.

3Intensify your workouts.

Interval training — alternating high-intensity activities with lower-intensity ones — is one of the best ways to boost your metabolism through exercise. Add 30-second sprints to your morning jog, or alternate pedaling as fast as you can with a steadier pace on a bike, for example.

4Weight train.

Weight training boosts metabolism for up to two hours after your workout. Plus, it adds muscle — which burns more calories than fat even while you’re at rest.

5Get enough shuteye.

Not getting the sleep you need can affect hormones that regulate appetite and energy, playing havoc with your system.

6Move more throughout the day.

Take the stairs, park at the far end of the lot, and pace while you’re on the phone. All that extra movement over the course of the day adds up to a more active metabolism.

7Eat — and drink — smart.

Drink coffee (the caffeine stimulates your central nervous system), ice water (your body burns calories warming the water to body temperature) and green tea (green tea contains a compound that stimulates fat burning). Eat spicy foods; the capsaicin in hot peppers temporarily boosts metabolism.  Avoid alcohol, which can slow metabolism.

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~ by Colorful Soul on 09/17/2011.

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