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  • Writer's pictureJess Nugent

6 tips to help you boost your metabolism.

Your metabolism is a unique process for everyone. If you stay active, exercise, and maintain healthy muscles, you will see a big difference in your metabolism.

Lots of girls think that if you’re slim then you generally have a higher metabolism than overweight and obese people. But, that isn’t necessarily true. Your weight isn’t actually directly linked to metabolism. Your weight is dependent on how many calories you’re taking in over how many calories you’re burning.

Your body requires a minimum amount of calories per day so it can keep up its essential functions like breathing, maintaining your heartbeat, and keeping the brain properly functional. Things like the thyroid, pancreas, stomach, small and large intestines, and the colon are responsible for regulating how your body burns food for fuel and how it converts that food into energy.

That process forms your basal metabolic rate (BMR) or the rate of your metabolism when you’re not doing anything. Your BMR can be affected by age, height, gender, body composition and stress. Your metabolism is a unique process for everyone. Every girl metabolises food at a different rate because we all use our calories at different rates, with different results. Our metabolism, like our fingerprints is unique to each of us.

If you stay active, exercise, and maintain healthy muscles, you will see a big difference in your metabolism. As we age, our metabolism naturally slows down and the best way to prevent this is through exercise and staying fit.

So here are my top 6 tips to help you boost your metabolism.

Build more muscle

If you have a high body fat percentage, your metabolism is going to be lower than if you have a high percentage of muscle because muscle works harder than fat by using more calories to function. With a higher muscle mass you can continue to burn calories through the day, even when you are sleeping.

The easiest way to increase lean muscle tissue and decrease body fat is to do resistance training exercises a few days each week. Add things like squats, lunges, push-ups, sit-ups and dead lifts to your routine. Don’t be afraid to add some weights to your squats and lunges to increase your muscle mass. You’re not going to bulk up because muscle is tighter and takes up less space than fat. You will get a perky, toned booty a lot quicker if you start building muscle.

Get your protein

Your body needs to use more calories to digest protein than it does to digest carbohydrates and fat. Plus, by eating protein with every meal it can help to regulate your insulin levels, which means you will be less likely to store fat. Protein is essential to building your body’s muscle mass, which is going to increases your metabolism even further. Eating small meals or snacks every few hours will help to boost your metabolism and keep your appetite or cravings in check. Try to eat a meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours. Remember to keep your meals small, don't overeat, and only eat when you're hungry. Try to eat protein with most of your meals. Some protein rich options include chicken, lean beef, eggs, tuna, spinach, Greek yoghurt, tofu and quinoa.

Don’t skip breakfast

Breakfast is such an important factor because you are essentially waking your body up and getting it kick started. If you skip breakfast your body (that already hasn’t eaten in the 7-9 hours) thinks it’s going to be a while before it sees food so it slows down your metabolism to conserve energy, and this means it’s going to store fat!!

Lots of girls just aren’t hungry in the mornings, and that might be because they have a slow metabolism. Start with a small meal or even if you’re not hungry you can start your day with a big glass of water; this gives your body the signal to start burning because you’re awake and you will be putting food in it soon. A healthy meal first thing in the morning will boost your metabolism and get you closer to your booty goals.

Watch your hormones

Any hormonal imbalances that you might be going through can influence how quickly your body burns energy because metabolism is controlled by the nervous and hormonal systems. That’s why we might see a change when we are stressed, PMS-ing, going through pregnancy or menopause because of the dramatic hormone swings that they can bring with them. Check in with your doctor to make sure your hormones are in check and what you can do if they are out of balance.

Get intense

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is any workout that switches between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods rest. A good starter example would be running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes. Repeat that in 3-minute intervals five times for a quick 15-minute session. This type of training also increases the body's ability to oxidize fats so you’re going to burn more calories during your HIIT workout. Plus, the effect of HIIT kicks your body's repair cycle into overdrive and increases your metabolism!! That means you will actually be burning fat and calories in the 24 hours AFTER a HIIT workout.

Have a tea party

Green tea has some amazing benefits for your overall health and wellbeing but another great thing is that studies have shown that green tea will boost your metabolism because of an active ingredient call catechin. It will improve fat oxidisation and thermogenesis which is the process of your body burning energy from digestion. Add some green tea to your day and boost your metabolism to build a better booty.

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