18 Seriously Effective Ways To Increase Metabolism and Shed Fat Faster
5. Have some grapefruit
Studies have shown that eating just half a grapefruit before meals caused noticeable weight loss. It works by reducing your body’s insulin levels, which in turn has a positive effect on metabolism and losing weight.
6. Have a cup of coffee
Coffee is not just for getting you out of bed and starting your day. Drinking a cup of coffee has been shown to boost your metabolism, with the effect peaking about three hours after drinking. Just skip the high-calorie add-ons.
7. HIIT it up
High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, has not only been shown to be more effective at burning fat and raising your metabolism than traditional steady-state cardio (i.e. running on a treadmill at 4 mph at 2% incline), you’ll also get done quicker. HIIT works by alternating short periods of intense effort with short periods of active rest. You might sprint for 30 seconds, then walk for 60 seconds and continue for 8-10 rounds. Completing an HIIT session should take just 10-20 minutes. If you’re able to go longer, you’re not going hard enough.
8. Eat your breakfast
Your mom has been right all this time! According to researchers at the University of Alberta, eating breakfast can raise your metabolism by 10%! Make sure you include all 3 macronutrients – protein, fat and carbs in your daily breakfast.
9. Eat some dairy
A study of low-calorie dieters found that those who ate a dairy-rich diet lost 5 pounds more than others in the research program. It works because calcium increases thermogenesis, which boosts metabolism and prompts your body to burn fat.
10. Lift weights and lift heavy
The weight room isn’t just for guys, although plenty of beefy hunks do hang around! If you really want to speed up your metabolism, make lifting weights part of your workout routine. Exercising with weights increases your resting metabolism because your body has to keep working after you’re done to build and repair your muscles. And don’t be afraid to lift heavy. And no, you’re not going to get bulky—on the contrary you’ll feel leaner and tighter and all your clothes will look so good on you – even those baggy jeans in the back of your closet.