If you want to boost your metabolism, eating the right foods and doing the right exercises is a key part of this. However, you also need to make sure you’re leading a lifestyle that promotes optimal calorie burning. In this article I’m going to be taking a deeper look at this topic and listing 5 top lifestyle hacks to boost your metabolism.
Don’t Overdose on Caffeine
When consumed in moderation, caffeine can actually give your metabolism a boost. However, overdosing on caffeine can interfere with your body’s internal processes and cause you to become dehydrated. This has a negative effect on your metabolism and reduces the amount of calories you burn each day.
To prevent this from happening, limit your consumption to a maximum of one to two caffeinated drinks per day. This will still allow you to enjoy black tea, coffee or other caffeinated drinks without adversely affecting the amount of calories you burn.
Look for Opportunities to Stay Active
Every day is full of opportunities to stay active, burn some extra calories and rev up your metabolism. However, most people don’t look for these opportunities and as a result they don’t use up as many calories as they could during the day.
To make the most of these opportunities, be more aware of the options available to you and choose the one that’s best for your metabolism. For example, if you have a choice between taking the elevator and the stairs, take the stairs. If you’re planning to use the car for a short journey, consider walking or cycling instead. Doing this will significantly increase your metabolism and allow you to burn plenty of extra calories each day.
Moderate Your Alcohol Consumption
Like caffeine, alcoholic drinks are something that can be enjoyed in small quantities but when consumed excessively, they slow down your metabolism. The reason for this is that large amounts of alcohol cause your body to become dehydrated and this inhibits your metabolism and limits the total daily calories you burn. To prevent alcohol having a negative impact on your metabolism, limit your consumption to two alcoholic drinks per night and have at least two to four alcohol free days per week.
As mentioned above, dehydration slows down your metabolism and reduces the total number of calories you burn each day. Staying hydrated has the opposite effect, it helps you maintain an optimal metabolism and maximizes the amount of calories you burn each day.
To ensure that you stay hydrated, consume the equivalent of eight to ten glasses of water per day. There are plenty of different foods and drinks that can help you hit this target, so even if you’re not a huge fan of water, it’s still really easy to stay hydrated. Simply enjoy black tea, organic, decaffeinated coffee, green tea, water rich fruits (such as grapefruit and melon) and water rich vegetables (such as broccoli and spinach) regularly and you’ll easily stay hydrated and burn the maximum amount of calories possible each day.
Get at Least 6-8 Hours of Sleep per Night
Getting six to eight hours or more of high-quality sleep each night boosts your metabolism in numerous ways. First, it stimulates the release of growth hormone – a hormone which burns body fat and builds muscle (muscle cells burn three times more calories than fat cells, so naturally raises your metabolic rate). Second, it ensures that all your vital organs function optimally and prevents your metabolism from slowing down. So if you’re not currently getting at least six to eight hours of quality sleep on a nightly basis, make the effort to improve your sleep patterns from today.
When combined with a diet that’s rich in metabolism boosting foods and drinks and a consistent metabolism boosting workout plan, the tips above will maximize the calories you burn on a daily basis. So take another look, make sure you’re implementing all five and give your metabolism a kick.