Don’t we all just want quicker metabolisms so we could eat more and not gain weight as quickly?! That’s the DREAM.
And because our bodies’ metabolism will slow down as we age, we therefore can’t burn the food we eat at the same rate which we eat or exercise at say, when we were 20 compared to when we’re 28. Also, if we maintain sedentary lifestyles (that is, we spend most of our time at work or school sitting at a desk) regular exercise is necessary to get our metabolism going quicker.
We have some tips that will get your metabolism up to speed, and yes, it does involve some exercise.
1. Exercise with intervals
It’s hard to workout when you’ve got a busy schedule. But interval exercise can help you torch more calories in a short period of time and boost your metabolism throughout the day.
An easy place to start is on the treadmill – brisk walk at a speed of 6.0 before 2 minutes before sprinting at 8.0 for another 2, and keep repeating that for 30 minutes. You will feel the burn and notice that the weight comes off quicker!
2. Build some muscle
Even if you’re sleeping or sitting down, your body is still burning calories, although not as much as if you were running or climbing a flight of stairs. This rate of which your body burns calories is higher if you workout and have more muscle.
All you need to do is carry 5 to 10 pound weights and do repetitions of exercises in order to burn fat!
3. Chomp on some chili
You might have heard that eating chili can increase your metabolism and according to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional and Vitaminology, chilies can temporarily spike your metabolism.
They contain capsaicin, which also create the heat in your mouth when you’re chewing on them and eating about one tablespoon of chopped red or green chilies will boost your body’s production of heat and the activity of your sympathetic nervous system. So if you consume them often enough, you might see a difference — bring on the cili padi!
4. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is beneficial in a lot of ways and it’s also key in increasing your metabolism!
When you sleep less than you should, the amount of hormones that your body produces that regulate your energy and appetite gets thrown off whack.
Researchers at Stanford University found that people who slept less than 71/2 hours of sleep a night experienced an increase in their weight. So try to get 8 hours a night.
5. Skip the alcohol
So yes, consuming too many beers or cocktails during happy hour can slow down fat burning – by 73 percent.
According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, your liver converts alcohol into acetate and starts using that as fuel instead of your fat stores.
And after a night of drinking, your metabolic rate doesn’t quite recover the following day, so if you like having supper or a heavy breakfast the next morning, you might want to rethink that.
6. Guzzle green tea
Green tea has plenty of antioxidants and properties that rev up your metabolic rate, but you’ll need to drink 4 to 5 cups a day in order to see a difference.
In one study, people who consumed the equivalent of three to five cups a day for 12 weeks decreased their body weight by 4.6 percent. You could include it into your daily meal intake by drinking it after every meal and in the morning when you wake up.