4 Secrets To A Faster Metabolism

woman drinking milkOkay, so your metabolism is partly ruled by genetics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of what you’ve got.

We searched high and low for the best tips from real people with high metabolisms to guide you in the right direction. Try adopting their ways to help shrink your waist line and get in New Year shape:

1. Know your BMR

If you don’t already know, metabolism is the chemical process in the body that converts the food you eat into fuel. With that, you get the energy that keeps you going each day. When it comes to calories, knowing your BMR is important. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the number of calories per day your body naturally burns at rest. Knowing your number is vital because it means you’ll be aware of exactly how many calories to consume to maintain your weight (or lose or gain, if need be).

2. Make your workouts regular

If you find time to workout only once or twice a week then get ready to buckle down for your metabolism. Experts say that doing cardio exercise three to five times a week is associated with a higher metabolic rate at rest. This means that even when you’re out of the gym, your body is burning above and beyond what it would have had you never gotten your butt over there. Plus, new research shows that there are certain exercises that can boost your metabolic rate, such a Tabata. So, what are you waiting for?

3. Don’t forget to lift

A pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat. It is said that weight-lifting is the top way to keep off age-related metabolic drop. We know it may not be your favorite way to exercise, but doing it twice a week could make a difference.

4. Have a bedtime snack

Yeah, we were shocked at first too. Toss out what you think you know about eating after 8 p.m. Recent research shows that having 150 calories about 30 minutes before you go to sleep boosted metabolism in the morning, compared with having none. For best results, stick with having protein such as low-fat milk or cottage cheese. Just make sure you’re exercising regularly for full results. You are, aren’t you?

Catherine Mendez

Catherine Mendez is the Editorial Assistant at Lucille Roberts. With a B.A. in Journalism from Quinnipiac University, writing is her calling. A born New York City gal, Catherine is a social media lover and runner (when it’s warm out). A magazine hoarder, hopeFUL romantic, and avid list maker, she is looking to polish up her yoga skills. Catherine never parts with her iPhone so follow her: @cathjmendez

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