15 Life-Changing Hacks To Boost Your Metabolism

Whether you're trying to lose 10 pounds or 100, supporting your metabolism is the first step to shedding the weight. Check out these 15 life changing hacks that will boost your metabolism and get you on your way to living a fit and healthy life!

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15 Eat Spicy Food

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Say yes to hot sauce! The same capcaisin that makes peppers spicy also works to keep your metabolism stoked. So don't skimp when it comes to chili peppers and jalapenos—they're great for burning fat!

14 Drink Cold Water

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You're eating healthier, your exercising enough, and your drinking more water. You're doing great with your weight loss program. Want to do even better? Make sure all of the H2O you're guzzling is cold. Your body has to burn more calories to bring it to your body temperature.

13 Get Up Every Hour

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If you work a desk job, even that hour you spend at the gym every morning can't undo all of the damage sitting does to your body. Taking the stairs will help you out some, but if you really want to boost your metabolism, get up for ten minutes out of every hour. You can walk around or stretch. Even standing at your desk will help you out.

12 Get Enough Sleep

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Running around on six hours of sleep day in and day out causes your body to make cortisol. That's bad because too much cortisol makes your body store fat—especially around the belly. Plus, when you're tired, you're more likely to experience cravings that can easily sabotage your healthy diet. Make sure you get at least eight hours of shut eye to keep you metabolism running efficiently.

11 Forget About Counting Calories

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This one defies everything you've ever heard when it comes to dieting and weight loss, but it's critical for you to understand if you want to drop some pounds. Calorie counting will only help you so much. It's much more important to make sure every meal you eat is balanced when it comes to the macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

All calories are not the same. If you eat 100 calories of carbs, your body will react differently than if you eat 100 calories of protein or fat. This is because carbs—especially refined carbs like bread and pasta—cause a surge in insulin, which raises blood sugar levels and promotes fat storage. Protein and fat, on the other hand, help keep your blood sugar levels steady. Insulin is kept to a minimum, and this allows your body to use food for energy, instead of storing it as fat.

That doesn't mean you should ditch carbs altogether. Carbs are actually very good for you, as long as you're sticking to complex carbs like oats, rice, sweet potatoes, and whole grains. Carbs help your body build muscle, as well as help your thyroid function properly. Be sure to get a small portion of quality carbs at every meal, and balance them out with a protein and/or fat to keep your blood sugar levels steady.

10 Eat More Often

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Five or six small meals spread throughout the day will help keep your metabolism revved up. You'll be less hungry (a good thing) and your body will realize that food is readily available, which will keep you from entering starvation mode (also a good thing).

9 Exercise In Moderation

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Want a recipe for disaster? Take up a low-calorie diet and begin an intense exercise program. The whole "eat less, exercise more" mantra may give you results at first. Over time, though, your body realizes it's working super hard and not getting enough food, so your metabolism downgrades, and your body holds onto every calorie for dear life.

We talked about how important it is to get enough food, but it's also important to exercise in moderation. It can be tempting to hit the gym a couple of times a day when you're trying to shed ten pounds, but in reality, too much exercise stresses your body out, and your metabolism won't thank you for that. Take a break every now and then to let your body rest.

8 Drink Coffee Before You Exercise

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As if we needed another reason to love coffee! A cup of coffee before exercise improves circulation, reduces pain, preserves muscles, and improves stamina. Just make sure you drink your coffee black, with no creams or sugars, and be sure to drink it before your workout. Coffee after a workout can actually have adverse effects, and won't benefit your metabolism as much.

7 Switch Up Your Exercise Routine

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That elliptical machine was giving you good results for awhile. You had more muscle definition and the weight seemed to be coming off. Two weeks later and all that seems to have stopped. What gives?

After a couple of weeks of the same old exercise routine, your body gets used to the motions, and they stop being effective. Keep your body guessing by changing up your routine every week or so. Lift weights one week. Try out some cardio the next. Maybe do a little Yoga. It'll keep things interesting for you and it'll boost your metabolism, too.

6 Lift Weights

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"You can't lose fat without cardio." You've probably heard that a million times. And you probably ditched all other forms of exercise in favor of running or cycling, in hopes that it would lead to weight loss. Cardio has its merits, but don't focus so hard on aerobics that you miss out on weightlifting.

Lifting weights builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat. Even when you're resting, your muscles are burning calories. So don't miss out on a great opportunity to boost your metabolism—lift weights a couple of times a week, and you'll be impressed with the results.

5 Consider HIIT

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High intensity interval training (HIIT) is another option you should check out. It works by cycling the level of intensity of the exercise you're doing. For instance, if you were riding a stationary bike, you'd ride as fast as you can for a minute, then ride at a moderate pace for two minutes. You'd repeat that pattern for 15 or 20 minutes.

HIIT is really popular these days. A lot of that is because you can get all of the benefits of a 40-60 minute workout in just 15-20 minutes. The effects of a HIIT session are incredible: this strategy enables your body to burn calories for 24 hours after the exercise!

4 Rest-Based Training

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Similar to HIIT, another effective training method is rest-based training. With this type of exercise, you workout as hard as you can for as long as you can, then rest until you're ready to keep going. When you give your body a chance to recuperate during exercise, you can push harder. Like HIIT, rest-based training can be done with any exercise, and it allows you to workout for a shorter period of time. Unlike HIIT, you rest for as long as you need to before resuming instead of resting for a minute or two before going all out.

3 Sip Some Green Tea

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You're sitting at your desk job. You're right in the middle of some important paperwork, so you can't get up right now. But you still want to make sure your metabolism is firing on all cylinders. What can you do? Drink some green tea. It's antioxidant rich, so it's good for you, and it helps kill your appetite.

2 Avoid Midnight Snacking

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Your body slows down when you go to sleep. That means your digestive system also slows down. So when you snack for a few hours before bed, your body doesn't have a chance to break that food down properly. Additionally, some people have a hard time staying away from junk food at night, even if they've been good throughout the day. Stop eating around 7 p.m. to avoid overeating and to boost your metabolism.

1 Eat Fat-Burning Foods

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If you want to boost your metabolism, stay away from the obvious fat-gain culprits: processed foods, packaged foods, sugars, white flour, and starchy foods. Stick with fat-burning foods, like cottage cheese, yogurt, green vegetables, berries, apples, dark chocolate, eggs, nuts, and lean meats. Spices like cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne pepper also boost your metabolism, so use them liberally to help your body burn more fat.

Sources: shape.com, mercola.com, metaboliceffect.com, belmarrahealth.com, pinterest.com, healthbeckon.com, mercola.com, lifehacker.com,

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