If you’re like me, your metabolism stopped in your mid 20’s, or at least felt like it did. Regardless of age, if you feel like your weight-loss is an uphill battle with your metabolism, here are six easy ways to give it a natural boost:
1. Sleep regulates hormones and keeps metabolism running. When you don’t get enough sleep, this can interrupt your body’s ability to regulate both. A decrease in quality sleep can decrease insulin resistance and increase appetite.
2. Spice up your meals. Want to rev your metabolism in a simple way? Look no further than your spice rack. Cayenne, chili peppers, sriracha, etc. increase thermogenic expenditure (which helps boost metabolism), they can increase fat oxidation (aka fat burn) and can curb appetite as well.
3. Caffeine is a great metabolism booster and is widely available. Caffeine from coffee can give your body the extra edge it needs before a workout. Even better, drink green tea. On top of the caffeine, you also get a dose of antioxidants. Make sure you’re consuming organic and ethically-sourced beverages to avoid pesticides and unfair trade practices.
4. Incorporate HIIT training into your routine. High Intensity Interval Training has shown greater fat burning benefits when compared to steady rate cardio. HIIT can create higher levels of energy expenditure for hours after a workout, which can translate into greater amounts of fat burned throughout the day. Not to mention you can accomplish a good HIIT workout in about 30 minutes versus hours of steady cardio.
5. Consume potassium-rich foods. Whenever you can fit in more fruits and vegetables, you should. Try to focus on those that are rich in potassium, because there’s a strong correlation between lean body mass percentage and high consumption of potassium-rich fruits and vegetables. Studies show that diets with an abundance of these foods will keep your metabolism going and help you feel content.
6. Supplement with protein. You might already be eating clean protein, but it’s important that you’re getting enough. When your working out, getting enough protein is important for lean muscle gain. A high protein diet can boost metabolism, reduce fat and build lean muscle. In addition to your regular protein intake, you can supplement with a quality protein powder.