As many people age, their metabolism slows down and they might find themselves putting on pounds or having a hard time losing weight. People who eat infrequently but poorly, those who lead sedentary lifestyles and people who are overweight or obese might also find they have a slow metabolism. When you boost your metabolism, you burn calories more quickly and typically have more energy. You can fire up your metabolism by making key changes to what and how often you eat.
Start your mornings with a hearty breakfast. The body’s metabolism rises when it digests food, and the caloric burn of digesting breakfast can increase your metabolism after your overnight fast, helping you to burn more calories throughout the day. Eat a daily, well-balanced breakfast that includes plenty of fresh fruit, grains, protein and dairy.
Consume a grapefruit every day. With only 80 calories per fruit, grapefruit can reduce insulin levels in the body, which affects glucose metabolism and can encourage weight loss, according to Cynthia Phillips, Shana Priwer and Pierre Manfroy, authors of “100 Ways to Supercharge Your Metabolism.”
Eat six or more small meals a day. When you “graze” throughout the day, you’ll kick-start your body into digestion mode, which burns calories. These small meals don’t need to be elaborate. Keep fresh fruit, turkey slices, raisins, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt and salad ingredients handy for quick, healthy snacks that can help boost your metabolism.
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Source: Angela Brown, Demand Media