According to MayoClinic, metabolism is the process your body undergoes in order to turn the food you eat into energy. A slow metabolism can have a negative effect on your weight as well as the amount of energy you have. Here are five ways to speed up your metabolism.
1. Do quick exercises before meals.
Before you eat a meal or snack, do some pushups(about 20 to 50) or other quick exercises. Doing short, but intense exercises before you eat can help you burn calories. The muscle you will be building while doing the exercises will also help you burn fat.
2. Drink green tea and water throughout the day.
Dehydration can cause your metabolism to slow down, so make sure you drink plenty of water every day. If you want a little more flavor, green tea is another good beverage to drink throughout the day. It contains catechins, which is an antioxidant that can help raise your resting metabolism.
3. Avoid stress.
Stress is inevitable, but it often causes people to snack on high-calorie foods, and it slows your metabolism. Try to take a few breaks from work throughout the day to relax. If you have a job where you sit at a desk all day, Women’s Health Magazine suggests getting up and going for a short walk. Sitting for long periods of time can cause your fat burning enzymes to reduce as much as 90 percent.
4. Eat foods rich in omega-3.
Eating foods, such as fish, that are high in omega-3 help balance your blood sugar, which helps to regulate your metabolism. If you don’t like fish, there are plenty of other alternative foods high in omega-3. Try eating flaxseed oil, walnuts, or eggs that contain omega-3.
5. Eat breakfast.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially for your metabolism. Eating a breakfast high in nutrients each morning helps to “wake up” your metabolism and keeps it going all day long. According to the National Weight Control Registry, 78 percent of the people who were successful in keeping weight off ate breakfast each morning.