Your body needs the right fuel to run briskly. Make sure youâ€™re eating the right foods at the right time to keep metabolism high.
Start your day with a good breakfast.—the bigger, the better. Studies have shown that women who eat 22 to 55 percent of their daily calories at breakfast do not gain weight, on average.
Eating small meals every three to four hours, instead of one or two large meals a day, keeps the bodyâ€™s metabolism higher.
Taking fish oil supplements or consuming oily fish like sardines, rainbow trout and salmon can amp metabolism. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by the Australian Technology Network Centre for Metabolic Fitness showed that people who combined fish oil with exercise over a 12- week period lost four pounds more than those who only worked out.
Your body requires protein to maintain muscle strength, and itâ€™s harder for the body to digest it—hence metabolism spikes to digest your protein-packed repast.
Drink cold water
The body requires water to break down food. Drinking more than eight glasses of water a day will increase your metabolism. If the water is ice-cold, you can burn an extra 10 calories a day. It adds up!
When you drink alcohol, the body starts to burn and break down the alcohol for fuel instead of fat, lowering overall metabolism.
Spice it up
Add cayenne pepper to your food. A hit of hot spice can temporarily raise your metabolism by about 20 percent for half an hour.
Drink green tea. Drinking at least two cups of green tea a day can raise metabolism enough to burn an extra 50 calories a day.