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Helpful Tips Tuesday – Seven Ways To Bribe Your Body To Boost Your Metabolism

Helpful tips tuesday - ways to boost metabolismLike most people, it probably drives you crazy when you see someone who looks so fit and trim, and when asked what their secret is they reply, “I do not really do anything special. I guess I just have a high metabolism.” The good news is that you do not have to continue to work around your lack of a high metabolism to enjoy such a body type. There are a number of things that you can do to boost your metabolism and make working out and eating right more effective. Read on for some tips and tricks on how to speed up your metabolism.

1. First and foremost, you have to eat a good breakfast every single day. Skipping breakfast tricks your body into thinking that it needs to conserve energy and tells your metabolism to slow down. First thing in the morning is when your metabolism needs a jump-start, so go ahead and eat a hearty, healthy meal that will keep you full for as long as possible.

2. After your nice big breakfast, keep the rest of your daily meals small and fairly frequent. Two or three smaller meals with small, healthy snacks in between throughout the day balances your blood sugar, helps keep you energized, and keeps your metabolism working without giving it more than it can handle. Breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day.

3. Green tea is one of Earth’s little medical miracles. Even with all the recent hype it has received, it still does not get enough praise. Drinking three to five cups a day burns calories, promotes the burning of stored fat cells, increases insulin sensitivity, and regulates food digestion. It really is the closest thing you will find to a magical metabolic potion.

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4. Coffee drinkers, feel free to do a little happy dance. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and helps keep your metabolic rate up between meals. While sipping that extra cup o’ Joe, however, do not forego your ice cold water intake. Drinking cold water forces your body to spend a few calories on heating it up to your body temperature. Just a glass or two will not add up to much, but if you make a habit of consuming the recommended eight or more eight-ounce glasses every day the results will prove substantial with very little effort.

5. Turn up the heat. Both red and green chili peppers increase your internal body temperature and kick your sympathetic nervous system into gear. Just one tablespoon gets you a temporary spike in your metabolic rate of as much as 23 percent. Add chilies to your favorite salsa and top pasta dishes and pizza with red pepper flakes to harness the heat advantage.

6. Pack as much lean protein as you can into your meals. Opt for things like beans, baked chicken breast, cottage cheese, nuts, and tofu. They help build and sustain lean muscle, and they keep you feeling full without all the unhealthy cholesterol you would get from other sources of protein, like red meat.

7. Take your supplements regularly, particularly iron and/or fish oil. Iron carries oxygen to your muscles and keeps you energized. If your energy level crashes, so does your metabolism. Fish oil helps activate enzymes that effectively burn fat during regular workouts.

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "