Metabolism varies from person to person and is the determining factor in how much fat we burn off our bodies. While you may not have been blessed with a sky-high metabolism, the beautiful thing is we have the ability to CHANGE our own metabolism!
The best part about increasing your metabolism is that it is literally working for you all day long, burning calories even while you’re sleeping.
So how can we make sure our metabolism is running at top speed? I’ve got five proven strategies for you below.
DRINK AT LEAST 100 OZ. OF WATER EVERY DAY
Even being slightly dehydrated can negatively affect your metabolism. So grab a 20 oz. tumbler and make it your goal to drink at least five of those each day. Carry that thing with you everywhere! Set alarms on your phone to remind you to drink up throughout the day.
EAT WITHIN 90 MINUTES OF WAKING UP
When we’re asleep throughout the night, our body kicks into fasting mode because we go so long without eating. If you don’t eat shortly after waking up, you will STAY in fasting mode, signaling your body to slow down your metabolism.
The solution? Eat a healthy breakfast within an hour of waking up and get your metabolism revved up for the day.
Strength training is one of the most effective ways to boost your metabolism, lose inches, and tone up- it’s seriously a win-win-win.
The beautiful part about it is that even if you don’t have access to a gym, you can do body-weight strength training exercises from literally anywhere – they are just as effective as lifting weights.
Aim to incorporate it strength training your workouts 2-3 times per week to build lean, toned muscle that will rev your metabolism and help you torch more calories all day long.
HIIT THE CARDIO
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is an EXTREMELY effective strategy for revving up your metabolism because your body will continue to burn extra calories for up to 48 hours after your workout! #amazing
Start by adding 20-30 minutes of HIIT cardio to your routine 2-3 times per week- for example, do 20 minutes of HIIT cardio and go for a 20 minute run for a full workout.
PS: burpees and sprints are two of my personal favorite HIIT moves.
EAT FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Thanks to the caveman-era, when we go too long without eating our body kicks into starvation mode and slows down our metabolism. Eating a meal or small snack every 3-4 hours helps prevent that from happening and also ensures you’re fueling your body properly throughout the day.