How to Speed Up Your Metabolism By Howcast

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How to Speed Up Your Metabolism By Howcast

Postby Mutita » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:40 pm



Burn more calories without even trying with these metabolism boosters.

To complete this How-To you will need:

Cold showers
Lean protein
Complex carbohydrates
Short bursts of aerobic exercise
Weight lifting
Fidgeting
Breakfast
Red chili pepper
Black pepper
Ginger

Step 1: Take cold showers

Give yourself occasional blasts of cold water when you shower; it improves circulation, according to research, which can in turn speed up metabolism.

Step 2: Don't skip meals

Don't go longer than five hours without eating, except when you're sleeping. Skipping meals slows down metabolism.

Tip: Always eat breakfast to kick-start your metabolism in the morning.

Step 3: Eat lean protein

Eat lean protein, like skinless chicken or egg whites, at every meal, and aim to make lean protein 30 percent of your daily food intake. A Dutch study found that people who did increased their metabolism all day long, even while they slept!

Step 4: Choose the right carbs

Choose complex carbohydrates, whole-wheat bread instead of white, and steel-cut oatmeal rather than sugary cereals. They boost metabolism because they are harder to digest than refined carbs are.

Tip: Spice up your food with red chili pepper, black pepper, and ginger -- your body may burn more calories immediately after the meal.

Step 5: Get intense bursts of exercise

Get short, intense bursts of aerobic exercise for a few minutes every day, whether it's sprinting for a few blocks or pedaling on a stationary bicycle at the most difficult setting you can handle. A study indicated this kind of exercise can speed your metabolism in just two weeks.

Step 6: Lift weights

Take up weight training. Building muscle increases your resting metabolic rate, the number of calories your body burns when it's doing nothing at all. Some research has shown that weight training can raise a person's resting metabolic rate by 15 percent in 12 weeks.

Tip: Lifting free weights builds muscles more efficiently than lifting on weight machines.

Step 7: Fidget!

Move around more during the day, even if it's just small movements while sitting. Studies show that naturally thin people fidget more than heavier people. And fidgeting is a lot easier than working out!



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