Every time we eat or drink, we can thank our metabolism for converting all those calories into energy!
Our size, gender, and age all factor into our metabolic rate, but there are also way to control its speed. The faster our metabolism, the more calories we burn off, making that Krispy Kreme breakfast no longer such a big deal. (OK, the donut probably still isn't the best choice.)
Here are 11 proven ways to keep your body burning strong:
Almost nodding off in line at Starbucks isn't the only downside of not catching enough sleep. Researchers have found a link between metabolism and sleep, and not getting enough of it may seriously slow metabolism.
Drink green tea
Not only does this superfood pack a punch, researchers have found it speeds metabolism as well. Plus, it's naturally calorie-free, so there's no reason not to enjoy a mug (or two).
It may be time to reconsider hitting snooze in favor of getting up to grab a quick bite before starting the day. Studies show the importance of quick-starting metabolism with breakfast. No morning appetite? Snack on something small, like a little bowl of Greek yogurt.
Drinking enough water is a simple way to speed up digestion and burn calories. We may need more than those recommended eight glasses a day too.
Eat some spicy food!
The next time a chicken is cooking up in the kitchen, add a dash of cayenne pepper. The heat from the pepper will not only add a fiery kick--it could help boost metabolism, too.
Squeeze in some cardio
Hop on the bike and click in some miles--one study found that 45 minutes on the bike sped up metabolic rate for over 12 hours. Now, that is a big boost for your time!
Who knew eating could actually help speed calorie burn? Certain foods like tuna and grapefruit have been shown to speed up metabolic rate. Packing in protein has also shown to boost metabolism, so pick some eggs over pancakes at the breakfast table for a morning metabolism boost.
Grab a cup of Joe
This caffeinated morning beverage is not only a savior when it comes to pushing through a midterm paper or work meeting. A cup of coffee (or the caffeine in it) is absorbed into the blood stream very quickly, which speeds up heart rate and boosts metabolism for about three hours after