Boost Your Metabolism with These 3 Easy Hacks
Have you ever wished you could kick your metabolism into gear? While more exercise can help boost your metabolism, there are things you can do right now to help your body burn calories more efficiently that don’t involve a trip to the gym. You can work these easy ways to boost metabolism into your routine today.
The Most Important Meal of the Day
Mornings can be a struggle, but it’s important not to skip breakfast. Consuming regular, frequent meals will help keep your metabolism running at full capacity. In fact, eating breakfast can help increase your resting metabolism by 10 percent, according to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Also, studies have shown that eating breakfast may help you make healthier food choices later in the day.
Strapped for time in the morning? Try making hard-boiled eggs or overnight oats ahead of time so you have them ready in the fridge.
Say Yes to Coffee
While you’re at it, grab a cup of coffee at breakfast. The caffeine in coffee can help speed up the heart rate and provide a metabolic boost. Be careful how you prepare your coffee though, adding sugar and syrups can actually slow down metabolism. Try putting cinnamon in the coffee grounds before you brew it to sweeten coffee up without adding sugar.
Whey to Go
The next time you’re loading up the blender for a smoothie, throw some whey protein in. While all proteins have a thermogenic affect—meaning they make your body produce more heat which in turn burns more calories—studies show that whey may be one of the most effective non-meat proteins. Whey also helps the brain make the body feel full. Find more smoothie recipes here.
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