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Ever wondered why that irritatingly skinny friend of yours can pack away a muffin a day, whilst you barely have to glance at a doughnut to put on half a stone? Blame it on your metabolism. Metabolism, or the rate at which our bodies burn calories, can differ hugely from individual to individual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give yours a sneaky kick start.
As we age, our metabolisms tend to slow down, primarily because, on average, women lose 5-6lbs of lean muscle mass per decade from their mid-twenties. However, with a few simple lifestyle changes, “there’s no reason you can’t have the same metabolism in your forties that you had in your twenties,” says Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of Fight Fat After 40.
Click through to discover our top ten ways to boost your metabolism today – without sacrificing your favourite treats…
Your metabolic rate can increase by up to 1,500% during exercise, and may take hours – or even days – to return to normal levels afterwards. The harder and more frequently you exercise, the longer your ‘afterburn’.
Interval training is the most effective way to boost metabolism – so, next time you go for a run, once every few minutes, try ramping up your speed to maximum intensity for 30 seconds before returning to your normal pace.
Not a runner? Using a rebounder, or mini trampoline, has been found to be more
effective than running when it comes to boosting metabolism. It also
minimises the impact on joints.
The single most important factor in determining metabolic rate? Your quota of lean muscle tissue. Muscle burns five times as many calories as fat, even when the body is at rest. Two strength training sessions a week could boost your metabolism by 10%.
Simply eating breakfast can boost your metabolism by 10%. Go for slow-burn food that’ll leave you feeling fuller for longer – eggs are the nutritionists’ secret weapon.
All calories were not created equal. Up to a third of the calories in protein may be metabolised during digestion, versus 6% of carbohydrate calories and just 2% in fatty foods.
Good news – cheese is in! In one study, women who ate milk, yoghurt and cheese 3-4 times a day lost a whopping 70% more body fat than those who went dairy-free. It’s thought that compounds such as calcium can ‘rev up’ the metabolism.
Non-organic produce which has been treated with pesticides contains compounds which can interfere with thyroid function, blocking metabolic function, so pick organic options wherever possible.
Matcha is a form of green tea produced by stone grinding specially
picked leaves rather than steeping them in water. Studies indicate that
matcha can boost metabolism by up to 40%.
Not a matcha fan? Don’t despair. A cup of coffee can boost metabolic rate by 10%, and fat burning by almost 30%. Double the benefits by drinking a cup thirty minutes before a workout to boost your performance – remember, working out harder boosts your metabolism, too.
The body uses energy to heat water to body temperature, so drinking cold water burns calories. If you drink the recommended two litres a day, switch to iced water and you’ll have burned enough additional calories to treat yourself to a chocolate bar!
Spicy peppers cause body temperature to rise. The result? The body burns additional calories in an attempt to cool down. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, try popping a cayenne powder capsule.