Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. The speed of your metabolism is based on many factors. Some of those factors can be controlled and some cannot be controlled. Metabolism is very tricky to change, but certain habits can increase the speed of your metabolism temporarily.
One habit that can help increase the speed of your metabolism is eating regularly. If you were to eat a large meal then go for a long period of time without eating, your body would burn calories slower and store more fat. By eating every couple of hours you can reduce that tendency to store fat.
One habit that can slow down your metabolism is not eating enough. If you don’t eat enough, your body will burn calories slower to conserve energy.
Another habit that can increase metabolism is weight training and high intensity interval training.. Muscles burn calories faster so increasing the size of your muscles can help increase your metabolism.
Drinking enough water is another way to speed up your metabolism. Water is essential to many functions in the body. This increase in metabolism may be even greater when you drink cold water since your body needs to work to warm the water up to your body’s temperature.
Something else that can help speed up your metabolism is to reduce your stress. When you are stressed your body produces cortisol. Too much Cortisol may increase bad eating habits which can disrupt metabolism.
Stress also affects sleep, when you don’t get quality sleep your body releases more ghrelin and less leptin. Ghrelin makes you feel hungry while leptin makes you feel full. Having your eating hormones off balance can lead to poor eating habits which in turn can affect your metabolism.
The food you eat can also affect your metabolism. Vitamin B has been shown to have a great effect on metabolic rate. Protein is also very helpful for increasing your metabolic rate as it has been shown to burn more calories than fat and carbs. Capsaicin found in spicy foods has also been shown to help increase the speed of your metabolism. Caffeine in coffee is also shown to cause increases in your metabolic rate. Coconut oil contains a unique type of fatty acid which can increase the speed of your metabolism more than other fats.
While all of these tips aren’t going to increase your metabolism permanently, incorporating them into your daily life will make an impact.