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7 Things You Should Be Doing to Keep Your Metabolism Revving

By: Matt Weik, BS, CSCS, CPT, CSN

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have that super-fast metabolism we once did as a child, where we could pretty much eat anything we wanted and never seemed to lose weight? Ah, those were the days. Now, if we just look at certain foods, it seems like our pants fit tighter. Well, it doesn’t have to be like that if you are doing things to keep your metabolism revving. 

Below are seven amazing strategies you can utilize to boost your metabolism and keep it firing on all cylinders — all day, every day. 

You can utilize one or all these strategies in order to reap the benefits. Clearly, the more you implement, the better the chances are of skyrocketing your metabolism into orbit and helping manage your body weight in the process.

Let’s dive in and keep your metabolism revving!

1. Lift heavy weights

Something many people don’t realize is that muscle can burn calories all day long versus fat in the body. When you increase your lean muscle mass, that muscle needs energy, and to do so, must use up calories. 

What’s even better is that muscle burns calories even while at rest and keep your metabolism revving. Can you imagine burning calories while not even in the gym?! Don’t be afraid of adding quality muscle mass to your physique, by doing so, you’ll naturally increase your metabolism and help keep your body fat in check.

2. HIIT cardio

High-intensity interval training is a great way to keep your metabolism revving, even after you’ve completed the workout. These brief and intense bouts of exercise are an amazing fat-burner and have become a secret weapon when it comes to reducing body fat. 

Additionally, utilizing a HIIT style of training can drastically cut down on the amount of time spent in the gym – who wouldn’t want more time to do other things? No one enjoys 60 minutes of cardio on top of weight training. But, when you incorporate HIIT, you can get even more benefits than the 60-minute session in half the time!

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Some women claim they can’t handle the potency of Thermal Revolution, and to accommodate their needs, we created FemmeBurn for Her — a specific fat burner utilizing a purpose-built ingredient profile and dosing strategy to help maximize results.

3. Eat spicy foods

Spicy foods such as peppers generally contain a substance called capsaicin. Capsaicin has the ability to increase your metabolism. While this isn’t some magic additive that you should be putting in and on all of your food, it can help you make subtle changes to your physique while helping keep your metabolism revving.

4. Get more sleep

Don’t underestimate how important sleep is. If you aren’t getting the recommended 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night, you’re missing out on a great way to not only recover properly from your workouts but also keep your metabolism revving. 

Lack of sleep has been associated with insulin resistance and an overall increase in blood sugar levels. To keep your body and metabolism functioning properly, work on going to bed early enough to allow yourself to get a better night’s sleep to achieve the full 7-9 hours that are recommended. Your body and your mind will thank you the following day.

If you’re having problems sleeping, check out our article on how to get a better night’s sleep.

5. Drink cold water

It seems so simple, yet I’m willing to bet that you’re not drinking enough good old cold water throughout the day to help keep your metabolism revving. Researchers have found that individuals who drink water are able to increase their metabolism by 10-30% for around 60 minutes after consuming about 17 ounces of water. 

Your body needs to kick into overdrive when you consume cold water because it needs to warm up the cold water you just drank. Add this to the fact that our body needs proper hydration anyway, so there’s no reason not to drink more water throughout the day. 

6. Drink green tea or coffee

Green tea has been shown to be able to enhance your metabolism by around 5%. Additionally, research confirmed that green tea has the capability of increasing fat-burning by taking fat that is stored in the body and converting it into free fatty acids that the body can use as fuel. 

Coffee, too, has been shown to increase metabolism anywhere from 3% to 11% and helps promote fat burning. This is great news for all of you who need your morning cup of coffee before you even think about walking out the door for the day.

Utilize these two beverages to help keep your metabolism revving. Best of all, you can drink them throughout the day so long as the effects don’t carry over and interrupt your ability to fall asleep at night.

7. Eat more protein

Protein should definitely be your friend. When you consume food, your metabolism becomes elevated for a few hours following. The reason for this is because your body needs to break down the food you just ate in order to transport and utilize the nutrients. Protein causes the body to work harder to fully break down and digest the food when compared to the other macronutrients (carbohydrates and fat). 

This helps keep your metabolism revving throughout the day.

In fact, consuming protein can increase your metabolism anywhere from 15% to 30%. It is recommended that you take in a protein source with each of your meals during the day and even snacks when possible.

If you aren’t taking in enough protein or simply want to make the process easier, you can always add MuscleSport Lean Whey to your nutrition regimen. This award-winning protein has been touted as the best-tasting protein, and for a good reason — but we’ll let you be the judge of that. With 25g of high-quality protein per serving, you can use Lean Whey throughout the day, between meals, and/or post-workout to help improve muscle growth and recovery.

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