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9 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism & Burn More Calories!

9 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism & Burn More Calories!

By Viroon on 18 May 2020
Senior Creative Editor
Passionate about fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Junk Food Junkie | When she’s not writing, you can find her at the pantry munching on snacks.

As we age, our metabolism starts to slow down as we lose muscle mass. If you're wondering how to increase metabolism, we've rounded up the nine best quick and easy ways to rev your fat-burning furnace!


Scroll on for the tips!

#1 Eat Breakfast

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We are sure that you hear this often. As far as metabolism and weight loss is concerned, it may be the most important meal of the day. Breakfast eaters lose more weight than breakfast skippers do, according to studies. "Your metabolism slows while you sleep, and it doesn't rev back up until you eat again," explains Barbara Rolls, Ph.D., professor of nutrition at Penn State University and an author of The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan. That's why it's smart to start the day with breakfast as it helps to jump-starts your metabolism. Aim for a breakfast that has plenty of high-fibre carbs to help you to stay full longer. Studies show that people who ate the fatty meal got hungry sooner afterwards.

#2 Pile On The Protein

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Simply put, your body has to work harder to break down and store protein than it does to break down and store carbohydrates and fat. One study shows that foods with protein can also help your body burn more calories by helping you to build and maintain muscle. If you participate in strength training activities, you'll build muscle more effectively if you eat the right amount of protein. If your body carries more muscle, you burn more calories all day long. Aim to have a serving of protein, such as nuts, a small can of tuna, or a piece of low-fat string cheese, at every meal and snack.


#3 Work It For 2 Minutes

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Instead of working out for long hours, research printed in the journal Physiological Reports showed that people who did five 30-second bursts of max-effort cycling, followed by 4 minutes of rest, burned 200 extra calories that day. That's just 2.5 minutes of work for a resting metabolism boost that will last 24 to 48 hours! Mix up your exercise routine, and try adding in a few high-intensity workouts, as it can boost your metabolism and help you burn fat.

#4 Sweat Out Your PMS

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It can be hard to feel productive to work out on your period as you feel fatigued and bloated. According to a recent study at the University of Adelaide in Australia. "Women burned about 30 percent more fat for the two weeks following ovulation to about two days before menstruating," says study coauthor Leanne Redman. Here's why: The reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone are at their peak then — and because they promote the body's use of fat as energy, more fat is burned off when you exercise during this time.

#5 Move More at Home

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Did you know that you can boost your metabolism while you clean your house? Depending on how much effort you put in, some house cleaning routines can be just as beneficial as a traditional workout. Instead of sitting down all the time, pace around while you chat on the phone, or stand while you work on your laptop to prevent your body from staying sedentary for extended periods.

#6 Drink Coffee, Green Tea or Oolong Tea

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A study published in the journal Food Science and Biotechnology found that caffeine revs the sympathetic nervous system and increases lipolysis (aka fat burn). But do not overdo it on the caffeine. Caffeine is a natural appetite suppressant. And not eating enough throughout the day can make your metabolism sluggish. Instead of immediately using that food for energy, your body is aggressively storing it as fat. Try to keep your intake under control.

#7 Drink Lots Of Water

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Boosting your metabolism by drinking water might seem too easy, but it does work. Staying hydrated is essential for the body to function at its best. Water is necessary for optimal metabolism, and it may help a person lose weight. One study found that adding 1.5 litres of water to the usual daily consumption of water reduced the average weight and body mass index in a group of overweight women aged 18–23.

#8 Drop The Temperature


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A new study found that when men slept in cooler conditions, it gave their metabolism a boost. “Just by sleeping in a colder room, they gained metabolic advantages,” says Francesco S. Celi, MD, lead author of the study. Turns out blasting the AC can do you some good.

#9 Laugh More

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Genuine laughter may cause a 10–20 percent increase in basal energy expenditure and resting heart-rate, according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. That means a 10-15 minute giggle fest could burn up 40 to 170 calories. Go ahead, watch some comedy and laugh more!

Start by moving more throughout the day, either through mini exercise sessions or by simply changing the way you do housework. Make the change and improve your overall well being!

While we are at this, do check out our wellness articles to improve your overall wellness!

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