Four Ways To Boost Your Metabolism

January 4, 2013, 8:23 amRunner's World

If keeping healthy and kick-starting your metabolism are your primary goals this year then stick to the following guidelines. Here are four tips to rev up your metabolism.

Tips To Rev Up Your Metabolism

Always have breakfast
By the time you wake up in the morning, you probably won’t have eaten for eight hours so it’s important to get a healthy breakfast that will give your metabolism an initial kick-start for the day.

Try a medium sized bowl of porridge or a small pot of natural bio-live yogurt topped with fresh fruit and crushed nuts and seeds.

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Eat regularly, ideally every three hours
As well as the main three meals of the day, you should try to include a mid-morning snack and an afternoon snack. The key to it is making sure that the portions aren’t too large.

Eating more often will help your body to use energy at a faster rate but this won’t help you shed body fat if you’re taking in too many extra kilojoules, so focusing on what you eat is just as important.

This is where protein comes in. Not only will it help you feel full for longer but it also helps rebuild muscles damaged through exercise. Try to add a portion of protein to each meal throughout the day. You can do this my adding meat, dairy, nuts, eggs, beans and pulses or seeds to your meals.

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Sip on green tea
Studies have shown that regularly drinking green tea helps speed up metabolic rate and fat oxidation. The drink is also extremely high in antioxidants.

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Increase your consumption of negative-kilojoule foods
Negative kilojoule foods are those that use more energy in the digestion process then they contain. So the more you eat them, the more kilojoules you will ultimately burn off.

Examples of negative kilojoule foods include apples, carrots, pineapple, cucumber, raspberries, lettuce, cauliflower and strawberries. These foods will also provide you with lots of essential nutrients to boost your daily nutrient intake.

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