6 Ways to Jump Start Your Metabolism

When trying to lose weight, dealing with a slow metabolism can make all your efforts seem futile. Luckily, there are some simple ways to boost your metabolism, burn calories faster, and lose your unwanted weight. Follow these simple tips to turn your body into a fat burning machine.

1. Start weight training
Lifting weights increases your resting metabolic rate thanks to small tears in the muscle during your workout. Your body uses a lot of energy to heal these tears, resulting in more calories burned post workout and a leaner physique. Start slow and lift weights twice a week for twenty minutes until you are ready to increase your workouts.

2. Eat spicy foods
Capsaicin, the compound responsible for heat in food, helps to decrease your appetite and boost your metabolism. The spice increases your body temperature and increases the amount of energy that your body expends. This boost in metabolism helps burn fat more effectively, particularly around the belly.

3. Eat a post workout snack
Eating a protein heavy snack after your exercise session helps build lean muscle and jump starts your metabolism. As an additional bonus, snacks rich in protein will also facilitate healing and prevent excessive soreness the following day.

4. Add high-intensity interval training to your workout.
HIIT exercises boost your metabolism and speed up your weight loss faster than aerobic exercises alone. When combining an intense workout with a period of rest, such as sprinting combined with walking, you consume more oxygen. This raises your metabolism and burn calories for up to two hours after your exercise session.

5. Drink more water
Drinking cold water nudges your body to burn more energy to warm itself up and can boost your metabolism by up to 30 percent. Keeping hydrated is critical for keeping your body in working order and dehydration can cause your metabolism to slow down. As an added bonus, water helps keep your appetite down and your energy up.

6. Get a full night’s sleep
Leptin, the hormone that controls appetite control and increases your energy expenditure, is highly dependent on the amount of rest you get. Sleep deprivation causes leptin to decrease, leaving you hungry and sluggish. Ghrelin, the hormone responsible for increasing appetite and decreasing energy expenditure, subsequently increases when you do not get a good night’s rest. In fact, those who get only five hours of sleep a night typically have higher BMIs than those who get a full eight hours of sleep. Rest up!