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How to Give Your Metabolism a Boost

photo of a glass of ice water on the edge of a poolAs you likely already know, boosting your metabolism can make weight loss easier, quicker, and less painless. Unfortunately, the speed of your metabolism is largely determined by gender, genetics, as well as age. While you can’t do anything about these three factors, there are still some things you can do to give a boost to your metabolism.

Start Working Out

You’re constantly burning calories, even when you’re just resting. Individuals with more muscle mass have a higher resting metabolic rate than those with less. About six calories are burned each day to sustain one pound of muscle mass, while only two calories are burned daily to sustain one pound of fat.

Do Aerobic Exercise

While aerobic exercise likely won’t give you bigger muscles, it can boost your metabolism for hours after the aerobic workout. However, you truly need to push yourself in order to receive the boost. Doing a high-intensity aerobic exercise will give you a longer, larger rise in your metabolic rate than a low-intensity or moderate-intensity workout would.

Drink Water

In order to burn the calories, your body needs water. Your metabolic rate will slow down substantially even if you’re just a little dehydrated. In one study, researchers found that people who drink eight glasses of water each day burned far more calories than those who had only four. Try drinking a glass of water with each meal and snack on vegetables and fruit, which naturally contain plenty of water.

Not only will drinking water give a boost to your metabolism, but it will also improve the health of your GI tract. For more information about your GI tract, click here.

Eat Small Snacks

Believe it or not, but snacking often can actually help you lose weight. People who eat large meals with plenty of time in-between them tend to have slow metabolism rates than those who eat more often and in smaller servings at a time. By having a snack or small meal every four hours throughout the day, you can keep your metabolism going. This will cause you to burn more calories throughout the day than you would otherwise. However, that doesn’t mean you should snack on chips, candy, and other unhealthy options.

On holidays, it can be especially tempting to eat large meals. For information on how to make your holidays healthy, click here.

Spicy Foods

There are natural chemicals in spicy foods that have the tendency to boost metabolism rates. Most likely, the effect is only temporary, but it is still a useful tip.

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