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Considered by many to be the holy grail of weight loss, an increased metabolism helps your body burn calories at a faster rate. But many factors determine exactly how well you can process the calories you consume. Genetics plays a factor, as some people are fortunate enough to be born with a speedy metabolism. Gender also plays a role. Men in general burn more calories than woman, even while resting. And most people tend to have their metabolism slow down after they reach 40. While genetics, gender, and age may be factors that are beyond your control, there are several other ways you can boost your metabolism.

Building Muscle

Despite how it may seem when we look into the mirror, our bodies are constantly burning calories, even while sleeping or lying on the couch. How well a person’s resting metabolic rate works depends on their muscle mass. For each pound of muscle on your body, you burn through roughly six calories a day. A pound of fat, on the other hand, only burns through two calories a day. This four-calorie difference can make a huge impact over a long enough period. For example, gaining just 10 more pounds of muscle amounts to an additional 1,500 calories burned a year, just while resting.

Step it Up

Increasing the amount of aerobic exercise you perform daily might not build muscles, but it will increase your metabolism for several hours after your workout. To really ramp up your metabolism, you need to engage in high-intensity workouts that get the heart pumping. The more intense the workout, the longer you will enjoy an increase in your resting metabolic rate.

Stay Hydrated

Your body needs water in order to process calories. Even being slightly dehydrated can cause your body to slow down its metabolism. Studies have shown that adults who drank at least eight glasses of water a day burned off more calories that those who drank only four. To make sure you stay hydrated, drink a glass of water before each meal or snack. You can also get more water out of your snack selection. Fruits and vegetables contain more fluids than other snack items, such as candy bars and potato chips.

Energy Drinks 

Energy drinks, such as Red Bull, contain a variety of ingredients that not only give you energy, but can also boost your metabolism. In addition to caffeine, which ramps up the amount of energy your body uses, energy drinks contain taurine, an amino acid that increases the metabolism and may help you burn fat. You shouldn’t become overly reliant, however, on the use of energy drinks, as they can cause such problems as anxiety, high blood pressure, and various sleep disorders.

Snack Ahoy

Eating more can help you lose weight. Well eating more often anyway. Waiting several hours between eating large meals slows down your body’s metabolism, while eating a small snack every three to four hours keeps your metabolism going at a constant rate. Multiple studies have also shown that individuals who snack throughout the day eat less at lunch and dinner, which helps to reduce the number of calories you consume in one day.

Get Spicy

Spicy foods, such as peppers, contain a chemical compound that helps to ratchet up the metabolism to a higher gear. Adding a tablespoon of green or red chili pepper to a meal will help to boost your metabolic rate for a short period of time. While these effects are temporary, eating spicy foods frequently may cause these benefits to add up.

Power to the Protein

Your body burns significantly more calories while digesting protein than it does when breaking down fat or carbohydrates. Even though eating a balanced diet is important, giving up a few carbs for some lean, protein-rich foods can help increase your metabolism when eating. Lean beef, turkey, chicken, nuts, beans, fish, and eggs all meet the standard as a healthy source of protein.

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