The truth is that the body's metabolism is always at work. For instance, metabolism is needed each time food is broken up to use as energy. There are some who have a higher metabolism than others and this is mostly due to gender and genetics. However, anyone can increase metabolism and burn an extra 500-600 calories per day--at rest.
The first step to boosting metabolism is to eat a good breakfast. It may sound cliché, but eating a good breakfast is indeed the best way to start the day. During the night metabolism naturally slows down and goes into a kind of fasting mode. By skipping breakfast the body continues this fasting mode and instinctively holds onto body fat. In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, volunteers who ate a healthy, nutritionally dense breakfast, maintained a healthier weight than those who ate an unhealthy breakfast or skipped breakfast altogether. Have some coffee at breakfast. Coffee drinkers tend to burn more calories than non-coffee drinkers. However, do not go overboard. Instead of an extra large coffee with sugar and cream, try a small coffee with a natural sweetener like stevia. A great alternative to coffee is green tea. It has caffeine, but the content is much lower than that of coffee. Additionally, green tea contains a compound known as ECGC which aids in fat burning. Plus, it is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins such as A, B5, C, D, E, K and rich in the minerals selenium and zinc.
Step two is to drink more water. People who drank at least 60 ounces of water per day had much higher metabolism rates over those who drank little to no water. It may also help to drink that water cold. As according to Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., director of the University of Pittsburgh Weight Management Centre, the body burns more calories converting cold water to the body's core temperature. Get BPA-free water bottles and refill these with filtered water. BPA is a chemical found in plastic that causes hormone disruption, which could lead to weight gain and slow metabolism.
Step three is try interval training during exercise sessions. Interval training is alternating between two or more different types of exercise requiring different amounts of intensity. Interval training not only boosts metabolism, but also lessens exercise boredom and increases endurance.
Step four is to consume plenty of fish oil. According to studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adding fish oil supplements to one's regime of proper diet and exercise results in up to three times the weight loss. Look for brands that offer at least 200 mg of EPA, 400 milligrams of DHA and is molecularly distilled to remove excess mercury. Also, consume lean fish protein like salmon and tuna. They have high fatty acid content that will help to lessen hunger pangs.
Step five is to get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Getting any less than this amount causes irregularity in leptin and ghrelin--the hormones responsible for appetite and energy production. Try to adhere to a regular bedtime and keep electronics out of the bedroom.