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Monday, 26 September 2016

8 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism

Everyone wants a super speedy metabolism, right? Some people are lucky and naturally have fast metabolisms meaning they find it harder to put on weight and it's easier to maintain their currant weight, and some people's metabolisms are perhaps a little sluggish. Fear not, there are some things you can do to kick your metabolism into gear naturally!

Don't Skip Workouts
We all know exercise is good for us - it keeps our body fit and strong, it burns calories and it is amazing for our mental health but did you know exercise boosts your metabolism too? In fact, exercise can actually change your DNA to boost your metabolism immediately - cool right?

Interval Training
I've talked about the benefits of high intensity interval training on my blog before (read here) and one of the many benefits is that it boosts your metabolism. Going for a run every day is okay but adding in 3-4 HIIT sessions into your week will boost your metabolism even more!

Lift Weights
Strong not skinny, yes? Lifting weights is an amazing way to increase fitness levels, up your strength, build bone density and burn calories. The more muscle you have the more fat you will burn, simples. No, that doesn't mean you have to become a body builder and no you won't get bulky, just add some weights to your regular exercises like squats and lunges and incorporate moves like deadlifts into your routine to get more tone and more fat burning power!

Eat Breakfast
I'm the biggest breakfast lover - porridge, smoothies, avocado on toast, granola, I love it all! Breakfast isn't just tasty but it's really important for your body too. Eating in the morning will fuel your body and really kick-start your metabolism, whereas skipping breakfast can actually slow down your metabolism as it tries to conserve energy.

Chill Out
If you're prone to stress this could be slowing your metabolism down as the stress hormone can actually inhibit your body's fat-burning powers. Have a long bath, practise some yoga, take deep breaths, go for a walk or listen to calming music to de-stress.

Eat Spicy Foods
Are you a curry lover? Good news, spicy food increases your metabolism and spices like cayenne pepper have been found to have fat-burning benefits. Try my veggie masala curry recipe!

Eat Enough Fibre
Fibre rich foods like whole grains have been shown to boost your metabolism by up to 30%. They also fill you up for longer and can help reduce cravings throughout the day. Read my full boost on why fibre is so important here.

Load Up On Vitamin C
Vitamin C is found in foods like oranges, red pepper, broccoli and strawberries and it's vital for preserving your precious metabolism. Top your morning porridge with strawberries, make a baobab smoothie, snack on red pepper slices and hummus or add broccoli to your stir fry to make sure you're getting enough of this important vitamin.


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