There are some effective methods to increase your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day, which include increasing your caffeine intake, completing some high intensity interval training, eating regular meals and eating protein.
Imagine these scenarios; your working hard down the gym doing whatever routine is the current flavor of the month, but no matter what you try you just can't shed those last few pounds of body fat. Or your just beginning your foray into the wonderful world of exercise and you just want a few tips on how to do things more effectively, 'I mean there must be some secret to weight loss right?' Sound familiar? Well there's no substitution for good hard honest time spent building up a sweat and the best ways to increase your metabloism is to exercise regularly and keep a watchful eye on your diet.
Drink your caffeine
- Yes that good old cup of coffee or even better green or white tea may be able to boost your metabolism by up to 5% if you drink enough cups in a day, around 7 or 8. But be careful not to drink too late at night or you'll never get to sleep.
High intensity interval training
- For example sprinting for 1 to 3 minutes then jogging for 1-3 minutes, usually at a ratio of 1:1. This is the best way of doing cardio and leads to your body burning more fat even when not at the gym.
Hit those weights
- Weight training can increase your metabolism again increasing the amount of fat burned by the body when not at the gym, this is particularly good in an evening workout with evidence showing an increased metabolism into the next day.
- When we wake up the body is heading towards starvation mode, slowing your metabolism down. Having breakfast, even if it's just a piece of fruit, stimulates the body and can increase your metabolism.
Eat small regular meals
- Smaller meals, typically 4-6 times a day, help increase your metabolism as every time we eat our metabolism is stimulated. Similarly low calorie snacks such as fresh fruit and vegetables can help keep our metabolisms ticking over and help fill us up between meals.
Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day
- If you eat so few calories your body will go into starvation mode and your metabolism will slow down. Try for no more than 500 calories below your basal metabolic rate.
- Protein is slightly harder to digest than other foods and can help increase your metabolism. Try for lean protein sources to cut down on fat.