Your metabolism is an interesting thing, because even the tiniest change in your lifestyle can have it working for you, or working against you.
Here are a few simple ways to keep your metabolism running on high all day long:
Choose specific foods:
Okay this sounds a little crazy, but the texture of food can actually affect how many calories you burn during the day. A chewier fruit, veggie, or whole grain can make your mouth work harder, and the high-fiber content of these foods also takes more energy to digest, which means you're probably adding a 10 percent increase in calorie burn.
Lean protein, too:
Protein is essential for having enough energy to get through the day, but did you know that protein also requires more energy to digest? It also makes your body rev its engines to burn more calories.
Drop and give me 20:
I know that you don't live at some crazy boot camp, but if you want to wake your body up, the best way is to do 20-50 push-ups right before a meal. It gets your heart pumping and your digestions ready to go!
Short bursts of exercise can lead to an after-burn of calories throughout the day, and lean muscle also burns more fat.
Sip green tea or water:
Green tea is liquid magic and contains antioxidants that can raise your metabolism by four percent (about 80 calories a day). If you're not into this beverage, sip plain old water throughout the day to avoid dehydration, which can also slow down metabolism.
Did you know that stress can actually slow your metabolism down?! It will have your body storing fat and craving bad foods too, so be sure to take care of your stress levels on the daily!