Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

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The human metabolism is fickle. In some people, it seems so fast that they can inhale a box of doughnuts without gaining a pound. (Those are the people that you secretly hate.) If you have a slow metabolism, however, it seems as if just looking at food packs on the pounds. The top ways to boost your metabolism are simple changes to your lifestyle that will make a big difference.

5 Drink Matcha Green Tea

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Matcha green tea contains tea leaves ground into a powder that dissolves in water. This type of tea has polyphenol EGCG, a compound that increases metabolism and nutrients that help block the absorption of fat. For the best results, Dr. Oz recommends drinking three cups of iced matcha green tea a day.

4 Add Some Spice

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In addition to giving the taste of your food a kick, peppers give your metabolism a temporary boost. The capsaicin in cayenne peppers and jalapeños makes your body release stress hormones like adrenaline, which helps your body burn more calories as you rest. Now you have the perfect excuse to carry around your favorite bottle of hot sauce.

3 Eat Small Meals

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Think of food as energy instead of calories and fat. When you eat, you stimulate your metabolism and gain more energy for a short period. So when you eat several small meals during the day, every two to three hours, you also increase your metabolism. Just as you wouldn’t put dirty gas into your car, don’t fill your body with junk. Your small meals should consist of lean proteins, lots of veggies, fiber and your favorite fruits.

2 Sleep Well

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Your body burns calories as you sleep. According to WebMD, up to 75 percent of your daily calorie burning happens while you snooze. When you don’t get enough sleep at night, you negatively alter your body’s metabolism. Plus, when you wake up tired the next day, you may be more likely to skip your workout—a double whammy for your metabolism.

1 Exercise

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Exercise gets your heart pumping, which gets your metabolism going. Maximize your workouts by adding 30- to 60-second high-intensity intervals every three minutes as you do your routine. Examples of intervals include running as fast as you can, jumping rope quickly or speed boxing. You might feel like your lungs are going to explode as you do the intervals, but later in the day, you’ll burn an extra 100 to 200 calories as you sit around and do nothing, according to WebMD. That’s your metabolism at work. To burn an extra 100 residual calories, put on five to 10 pounds of lean muscle.

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