Do you seemingly put on weight just by looking at a slice of cake? Chances are, you could have a sluggish metabolism. But it needn’t be that way!
While genetics are partly to blame/thank for the rate your body burns calories, there are a few tricks to help speed things up. From healthy eating habits to specific types of exercise, here’s how to boost that metabolism. In just 24 hours.
7AM: Do a HIIT session
If you’re starting the day off with any type of exercise you’re doing ok. But to really kick-start that metabolism, nothing beats high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Based around short, intense bursts of maximum-energy exercise interspersed with rest periods, HIIT is fast and furious!
HIIT programs like BodyBoss are beloved for their ability to achieve more—greater calorie burn and fitness gains—in less time. BodyBoss workouts are done and dusted in under 24 minutes! Plus, unlike regular cardio like jogging, HIIT unlocks the afterburn effect. This means the metabolism is boosted for hours afterwards, often up to 24 hours!
Tip: Have a small snack like a dried fruit and nuts or cheese and wholemeal crackers beforehand if you’re already starving.
7:30AM: Take a cold shower
It can be a shock for your body but the cold water kicks the cardiovascular system into high gear and ramps up your metabolic rate for the day. The low temperatures also forces your body to re-regulate the body temperature continually thereby burning calories in the process!
8AM: Have breakfast
ost trainers recommend eating a nutritious, post-workout meal within 30 minutes to an hour after exercise. And we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
To maintain your precious lean muscle mass—which helps support a speedy metabolism!—make sure you include a healthy serve of protein. Plus carbs to restore energy. Check out some of our favorite post-workout meals for inspo.
And get a boost of Green Tea & Caffeine
Caffeine’s stimulating effects include revving up your metabolism. But you don’t need to get your kick from a cappuccino. Numerous studies also point to the antioxidants called in green tea as natural metabolism boosters. One longer-term study of obese men and women found those taking green tea extract burned 183 more calories daily after 12 weeks.
Try sipping SkinnyMint Morning Boost Tea at breakfast, then as desired throughout the day. Naturally caffeinated and antioxidant-rich, the delicious blend contains green tea, guarana and yerba mate for a healthy energy boost.
10AM: Have a snack
ess food = instant weight loss, right? Well, not necessarily, and not in the long term. Too much deprivation will send your body into starvation mode, and your body will start to burn calories at a slower rate.
Eating regular, nutritious snacks throughout the day helps keep your metabolism chugging. But don’t go overboard!
1PM: Eat a protein-rich lunch
Make sure your lunch has some protein. Not only will it keep you full and satisfied, it has a higher thermic effect than fat and carbs. This means more energy is expended by the body as it digests and processes that chicken breast.
2PM: Are you drinking enough water?
Is your water cold enough? Get your H20 from the fridge, not the tap, to torch calories. Why? Your body uses more energy to warm cold water up, which is another win for your metabolism.
5:30PM: Hit up an infrared sauna
Want to burn calories while you sweat out toxins and release tension? An infrared sauna session could be for you! While some claim the increase in core temperature and heart rate boosts the metabolism, the jury seems to be out on this hot new trend.
But with benefits like less muscle pain, clearer skin and a clearer mind, what have you got to lose?
7PM: Add some chillies to your stir-fry
If you can handle the heat, throw some chillies into your dinner. They contain a compound called capsaicin which gives your metabolism a sudden kick in the butt.
9PM: Hit the sack!
Not only has insufficient sleep been shown to lead to poor food choices, it can also wreak havoc with your metabolism! Researchers from the University of Chicago studying the impacts of sleep deprivation on healthy adults uncovered worrying results. After just four nights of four hours’ sleep, the participants showed increased insulin resistance. This condition reduces the body’s ability to use the energy in food as fuel, and can have serious health impacts.
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