Of course exercise is one of the most beneficial things you can do to increase your metabolism. But what you eat can also increase your metabolic rate, the rate at which you burn calories. Here are a few dietary tips to increase your metabolism:
1. Eat protein for breakfast because it increases your metabolism by 30% compared to a high grain breakfast which boosts it by 4%. Here are a few suggestions: Eggs, scrambled with a veggie like broccoli or spinach; berries, Ezekial 4:9 cereal, and a plain probiotic organic yogurt (Greek yogurt has a lot of probiotics) with stevia or with a small amount of sweetener, preferably something low glycemic like coconut palm sugar (learn more about sugar here); or partially thawed berries and water with SunWarrior protein powder (this is a favorite of mine because it is nutrient dense, low calorie, and clean (no artificial ingredients) with only a few ingredients. I can put a lot of other nutrients in like I do my shakes, which gives me a lot of energy to begin my day!).
2. Using spices in your cooking like cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, and cayenne can also increase your metabolism.
3. Avoid eating 3 hours before bed to allow your body to burn throughout the night optimally. Eating during those hours before bed makes the body work on digestion instead of fat burning. The more hours you miss before bedtime, the more you body will draw from it’s glycogen stores for the energy it needs, even while it rests.
4. Primarily you want to stay away from added sugars. They release too much insulin in the blood stream at once telling the body to store some as fat because it’s in abundance. (Our body is very efficient and is designed to store excess glucose, the breakdown from food, in fat cells for the day of starvation, which of course never comes for most of us!) Excess glucose also messes up other hormonal systems.