Ever wonder why your best friend can go through a pint of Ben & Jerry’s without gaining a pound while just one spoonful goes straight to your hips? The answer lies in your metabolism, that little engine in your body that burns calories all day, every day. Because of genetics, some people burn fat faster than others. But age, weight, diet, and exercise habits also play a role. But there are easy things you can do to stoke your fat-burning potential. There’s no reason you can’t have the same metabolism in your 30s and 40s that you had in your 20s.
Here are some experts’ tips on how to boost your metabolism — so you, too, can guiltlessly binge on Ben & Jerry’s every now and then :
- Add omega-3 to your diet in the form of fish oil supplements, flaxseed oil, walnuts or eggs fortified with omega-3.
- Get in shape and maintain a lean muscle mass. This will increase your resting metabolism by about 100 calories.
- Drink about five 8oz cups of green tea a day.
- Eat a nutrient-rich breakfast in the morning, which will keep your metabolism stabilised throughout the day.
- Speaking of meals, consume proteins in subsequent meals in the form of lean meats and/or egg whites.
- Keep your body hydrated. Drink cold water, which makes your body use more calories to warm itself back up.
- Exercise using high intensity interval training regularly. Even after exercising, your body will continue to have high metabolism.
- Avoid drinking as much as possible, alcoholic drinks make it very easy for you to gain weight.
- Drink coffee in moderation, which will add short term boosts to your metabolic rate.
- Add cayenne pepper to your meals.
- As much as possible, choose organic fruits and vegetables. Among other harmful effects. Pesticides found on non-organic produce can her an adverse effect on your metabolic rate.