Eating the same thing all of the time and doing the same workout can leave you, and your body, in a slump. Here are some quick tips on how to mix things up while also kick-starting your metabolism.
Mix up your routine
If you do the same workout every day, your body and your metabolism are going to get used to it. Instead of lifting the same size weights or going on your favorite running route, it might be a good idea to switch it up.
Interval training is a surefire way of increasing your metabolism because it includes different intensities over various amounts of time throughout a workout.
For a lower intensity workout that is new to you, try to get outside. Stepping outside of the gym into the fresh air and sunshine will help mix up the length and type of your workout.
Experienced dieters may note that snacking can cause you to slip up on your weight loss goals. But, when it comes to revving up your metabolism, snacking can actually be good for you.
The most important time to grab a snack is right after you’ve hit the gym. Snacks that contain carbs and protein can help build lean tissue and cut fat — making your time in the gym even more worthwhile.
You can take snacking to the next level by eating eight small meals a day, rather than three large ones. By eating every couple of hours, your metabolism will stay churning in between each meal.
Pour yourself a glass
Of water, that is. New research has found that if you drink five 16-ounce bottles of cold water a day, your metabolic rate can dramatically increase.
As the body works to heat the liquid, it will actually burn calories. To remind yourself of this tip, try wearing five rubber bands on your wrist and remove one each time you drink a bottle.