While a lot is written about finding ways to boost your metabolism and it is seen as a good thing to do, many people are not entirely sure what it means. Basically your metabolism is the rate at which you burn calories each day. So if you give it a boost you will be able to burn more calories without any extra effort.
Everyone has a different metabolic rate and it is influenced by a number of factors. Men’s tends to be higher than women’s as they have more muscle and muscle mass burns more calories than fat. The metabolic rate starts to slow as we get older and becomes noticeable once we get to 40 and beyond. Genetics also play a part with some people being blessed with the metabolism of a greyhound which means they eat and drink whatever they want.
If you aren’t blessed this way, there are still a number of things you can do to boost your metabolism:
There is a noticeable difference in the amount of calories that muscle and fat tissue burn each day. A pound of muscle will burn three times as many calories as a pound of fat even if you are not doing any exercise. So the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn off each day. While you don’t need to hit the gym and start lifting weights, you do need to be as active as possible to build new muscle and keep the existing ones.
These days hardly anyone goes anywhere without a bottle of water within easy reach. And with good reason. The metabolism will begin to slow down even if you are just a little dehydrated. Make sure that you drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day to boost your metabolism working at its peak.
Green Tea and Coffee
Both of these drinks have a short term effect on the metabolism and help the body to burn more calories. Both contain caffeine while green tea is a good source of catechins. Studies have shown that they help people to burn more calories while they are exercising and resting.