Metabolism refers to the process by which your body breaks down proteins, carbs, and fats to provide the energy you need to live. A slow metabolism carries a number of health risks, like heart disease, stroke, and gaining weight in general. If you're at the office from 9-5, try implementing the following techniques into your routine to help keep your body burning.
1. Eat well and eat often
As soon as you wake up, drink a tall glass of water and have something to eat. If you can’t stomach a full meal, mix together a quick protein shake recipe
on your way out the door. Eating something small, nutritious, and high in fiber every couple hours will stimulate your metabolism, improve digestion, and keep you energized. The alternative—skipping breakfast, eating a poor lunch, and overeating at dinnertime—makes your body more likely to store fat.
2. Get moving and build strength
By increasing your body’s energy needs, you will also increase your metabolism. If possible, get up at least once an hour and take a lap around the office, drink some water, or use the bathroom. Before or after work, engage in high intensity interval training to maximize the calories your body burns even after you’ve stopped exercising. Building muscle at the same time will up your metabolism because muscles require more energy to maintain than fat.
3. Catch some Z’s
When you’re sleep deprived, your body burns fewer calories at rest. However, the calories you burn during inactivity account for 60% to 70% of all the calories you burn in a single day. When you sleep well and long enough, your body’s metabolism is higher because it’s able to invest more energy in being awake and active. If you need more convincing in this realm, check out our post on six surprising benefits of sleep
4. Invest in a high-quality omega-3 supplement
EPA and DHA are omega-3 fatty acids present in fish oil that increase fat-burning enzymes in your body and consequently boost your metabolism. Taking a supplement that contains at least 300 milligrams of EPA and DHA may increase your metabolic process by anywhere between 200 and 500 calories a day.
5. Get out of your comfort zone
Being hot or cold suppresses appetite and requires that your body invest more energy in regulating your temperature. So throw on a sweater in the summer or take off your coat in the winter and you’ll eat less and burn more! How do you boost your metabolism? Tell us in the comments below!