Ways to speed up your metabolism
Eat breakfast every morning to jump start your metabolism. If you skip breakfast you may find yourself starving in the middle of the day and eating something unhealthy that can slow your metabolism down. Your metabolic rate is highest in the morning and research shows that a good size (healthy) breakfast will boost metabolism by 10% for the rest of the day. Scrambled eggs on toast or wholegrain cereal with low fat yoghurt and nuts.
Have 5 to 6 smaller meals everyday instead of 3 big meals. Snack on healthy and filling snack foods in between the smaller meals. Eating small healthy snacks in between meals can actually jump start metabolism.
Exercise everyday. If you are already experiencing fatigue, start out small by taking a 30-minute walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park a little further from your destination and walk the extra block or two. If you have a dog, walk your dog once a week. Walking your dog will not only give you the exercise you need but your dog will enjoy it too. As you keep up with the simple exercises, your metabolism will increase, thus giving you more energy to increase your level of exercise.
Drink water or herbal tea
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. For some people this might be a difficult task and if that is the case, start out small with drinking water too. Instead of drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday, start out with 4 glasses everyday for a week and work your way up to 8 glasses a day once your body gets used to it.
Get plenty of fiber rich foods in your diet everyday. Fiber rich foods include beans, oatmeal, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. Get the right amount of fiber rich foods in your diet and you will naturally increase metabolism and feel better.
Drink green tea
Include green tea in your daily fluid intake. Besides water, green tea is also a healthy way to increase metabolism and energy. If you are not a water drinking person, drink 4 glasses of green tea and 4 glasses of water instead of 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday.
Add vit b and c
Get enough vitamins B and C. You can get vitamins B and C in supplement form or eat foods that are high these vitamins. Foods with vitamin B include lean meats, poultry, beans, whole grains, potatoes, legumes, yeast, yogurt and milk. Foods with vitamin C include oranges, orange juice, melons, strawberries, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, red peppers, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries.
Try apple cider
Mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a pinch of honey and garlic and drink every day. Add the garlic only if you can stand the strong taste. This mixture can increase metabolism.
Do not crash diet
Restrictive diets put your body into starvation mode, making it hang onto every kilojoules.
Fatty foods slow down the Kilojoule buring parts of your cells. Cuta back and you cold burn 16% more kilojoules for up to 3 hours after each meal. Choose veggies instead of animal fats (chickpeas, and beans to substitute for meat)
Use fat free salad dressing and Dijon mustard instead of mayo
Resistance training (ie. Add weights to exercises like lunges) hikes up your metabolic rate by up to 15% by increasing the muscle mass in your body. Muscle burns 9 times more kilojoules then fat. Interval training such as 3 min fast cycling followed by 1 min easy going is also a great metabolism booster