Some people are born with high metabolism—the energy our bodies use up at rest—while others aren’t. But no matter your metabolic rate, you can use these tips to boost your metabolism and keep it up as you age.

 

Eat breakfast: A healthy breakfast consists of carbs and protein. Whole-grain cereal and a piece of fruit or yogurt and granola are smart choices!

Exercise: Interval training helps boost metabolism and burn more fat. Instead of jogging a mile, try running a lap, walking the next, keeping an alteration.

Get sufficient sleep: Try to keep a steady routine. Set a bedtime and a wake-up time each day and try to stick with it, even on the weekends.

Eat 5 small meals a day: Don’t go 4 hours without having a meal! Breaking up your meals into smaller, more frequent meals will help boost your metabolism. This may be difficult with a busy work or class schedule, but try to have a healthy snack between meals.

Get all nutrients: Make sure there are some carbs, protein and lots of vegetables or fruits in all your meals.

Vitamin B: Eat foods such as spinach, asparagus, beans, melon, broccoli, fish and poultry.

Magnesium: Indulge in whole grains, nuts, soybeans and oatmeal.

Strength-train: This eliminates fat and produces muscle. Muscle is the body’s best calorie-burner, so building muscle will help keep your metabolism high, especially as you get older.

Snack Right: Eat the proper portion (read the label for the serving size) and only snack when you’re hungry. Choose snacks with carbs and protein such as nuts, vegetable sticks with hummus, or apple or banana with peanut butter.

 

I keep these tips written in the back of my planner. It serves as a checklist and helps me to develop healthy habits!

 

 

Source: MSNBC Today Health: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/23547010/ns/today-today_health/t/ways-boost-your-metabolism/

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