Your metabolism is the engine that can help control your weight. Everyone’s metabolism is different, but an efficient, hardworking metabolism can help to give you the results you want.

 

Here are five ways to to have a supercharged metabolism

 

One, Eat Breakfast. This is the meal most people skip, but it’s the most important meal of the day. It jump-starts your metabolism. Many studies have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.

 

Remember to eat within 90 minutes of waking up. If you exercise in the morning, have something to eat before your workout like a banana. Then after your workout, have breakfast, as your post exercise meal.

 

Two, Eat Throughout The Day. Like a campfire that needs fire wood to keep burning, your metabolism needs fuel to keep working. Eating every 3-4 hours, can control your hunger, while making your metabolism work efficiently. The longer you wait to eat, the slower your metabolism becomes.

 

Three, Add Protein to Your Meals. Your body takes longer to digest and break down protein, so it uses more energy after your meals. Protein raises your metabolism by 20-30%.  Also, protein helps with increasing muscle mass when you exercise and increasing muscle mass can boost metabolism. So make sure to add lean protein options during your meal times.  Like eggs or Greek yogurt for breakfast, chicken, fish, beef or tofu during lunch and dinner.

 

Four, Spice Up Your Food. The hotter the food, the higher your metabolism. Why? Its due to capsaicin, a phytonutrient found in chili peppers that gives it their unique spicy kick. Capsaicin has been shown to help increase metabolism. Although the effect is small, overtime, everything adds up.  Try adding chili peppers to salsa, salads, or to your other favorite dishes.

 

Five, Rethink Your Workout. Rather than spending hours on the treadmill, running like a hamster on a wheel, include strength training. This includes working with weights, using your own body weight, pilates, or any other exercise that works your muscles. Your muscles are a driving force that keeps your metabolism going.

 

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