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5 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism Naturally!

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The word ‘metabolism’ gets thrown around quite a lot when people talk about their fitness and diet regime. More often than not, skinny people are tagged as people who have a ‘high metabolism’ and chubby people get saddled with a ‘low metabolism.’

Metabolism is the rate at which our body burns calories and not just something that you got a bad deal on. Everything from talking on the phone to breathing burns calories; but the rate at which this happens differs from person to person based on their age, gender, body size, genes, lifestyle, etc.

It is true that someone who is really skinny and has a high metabolism can get away with eating junk food and not working out at all, whereas an overweight person with a slow metabolism really cannot (sad reality). The higher the metabolism, the more calories you burn, and the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off. Here are 5 natural ways to increasing your metabolism by changing your diet or workout routine

1. Incorporate Protein In Every Meal

Eating certain foods can up your metabolism providing you with the extra calories required to digest or process food. Protein is the hardest to digest hence it can help you feel more full and prevent you from overeating. Eating more protein can also help regulate metabolism, because it reduces muscle loss, which is a common side effect of dieting.

2. Do a High-Intensity Workout And Weight Lift

HIIT workouts are quick intense burst of activity which can help you boost your metabolism and burn fat. Along with HIIT, lifting weights is important for building and retaining muscle, since higher amounts of muscle will result in a higher metabolism. Increasing muscle mass will increase the rate at which we burn calories even during our resting period, so it will help you burn calories all day long.

3. Drink Green Tea or Coffee

Drinking green tea or coffee increase your metabolism since they help convert some of the fat stored in your body into free fatty acids, which increase fat burning! Caffeine can boost metabolism so drinking these beverages is good for both weight loss and weight maintenance.

4. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Not enough sleep can make you fat. We are not joking. I’m sure you can relate it to those nights you are sleep deprived and feel hungry all the time. We all do! Not getting enough sleep or even getting broken sleep can slow down the metabolic rate. So make sure to get under the covers early and get enough rest everyday.

5. Snack on something spicy

Certain chemicals present in chilies, spicy mustard, and wasabi, has been shown to speed up fat loss and metabolic rate. Eating spicy food could be beneficial for boosting your metabolism and help you maintain a healthy weight. The effects of adding spices to your food may be quite small, that only if you can take it. Tread carefully.

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Hauterfly's Content Writer and Video Producer, Kreena is a sucker for all things DIY. In love with nail art, beauty, fashion, textiles, and all things creative under the sun, she follows the mantra: Why buy, when you can DIY?!

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