Working out not quite working out for you? Supercharge your metabolism with these 15 easy metabolism boosting tips.
SIP YOURSELF SLIM
Drink your coffee black. Caffeine can temporarily boost your metabolic rate, but adding loads of milk and sugar to your coffee will only give you extra calories to burn.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Split your exercise session in two to burn more calories – try HIIT before work and a weights session at lunch.
Elevate your anabolic hormones with strength training to stimulate recovery and fat burning.
SPIN TO WIN
Top off your weights sesh with a spin on the bikes – spinning elevates the metabolism-boosting hormone FGF21 in the hours after training.
Water prior to a feed can increase your metabolism by up to 30%. Drink up!
ICE ICE BABY
Add ice to your H2O. It makes your body burn calories to handle the cold.
DITCH THE DESK
Sitting is the new smoking, so go for a walk at lunch. Sitting throughout the day increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome: a cluster of conditions (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and excess abdominal fat) that occur simultaneously, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Brown fat (white fat helps you burn calories) is increased by eating melatonin rich foods. Try pomegranate seeds, goji berries, or sour cherries.
SHINE ON ME
Catch the sun’s rays – only being exposed to artificial light (i.e. office lighting) can cause your metabolic rate to plummet.
CROSS OVER TO THE DARK SIDE
Dark chocolate contains cocoa, which is high in fat burning epicatechins.
Brave the cold and try a cold shower – they activate brown fat stores and burn more calories.
Iodine is vital for your thyroid to produce the hormones that keep your metabolism in check. Try iodised salt, sea vegetables, wakame, and nori sheets.
Exercise doesn’t end in the gym. Non-exercise activity like fidgeting, pacing, and leg shaking affects your metabolic rate. Offer to do the office coffee run and work in a short midday stroll.
Pop a couple extra olives into your martini, or try some with almonds as a snack. Their high CLA fat and copper content will kick your metabolism up a notch.
HIT THE HAY
Aim for eight hours sleep to avoid depleted leptin levels – leptin is a hormone that controls hunger levels and regulates energy balance.
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