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10 Eating Tips That Will Rev Your Metabolism All Day Long

Alot of factors can affect your metabolism. Be it age, hormones and poor eating habits.

Below are a few tips that will help you get your metabolism going:

1. Eat Enough

You need to cut calories in order to lose weight but you need to be cautious in this become going too low in calories can also affect your metabolism. When you eat less than your body slows down your metabolism. It also starts to break down precious, calorie-burning muscle tissue for energy. It is essential that you eat enough so that you're not hungry.

2. Rev Up In The Morning

I have blogged about the effects of skipping breakfast in my previous blog. Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism and keeps your energy high all day. It's by no accident that people who skip this meal are 4 1/2 times as likely to be obese. For quick breakfast ideas, rather grab a yoghurt or milk with your favourite cereal and a fruit.

3. Drink Coffee Or Tea

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. According to research, a cup of brewed tea can raise your metabolism by 12%. Researchers believe that the antioxidant catechins in tea provide the boost.

4. Fight Fat With Fiber

Fiber can rev your fat burn by up to as much as 30%. Studies have shown that people who eat the most fiber in foods gain the least weight over time. Aim for about 25g a day. Fiber can be found in fruits, vegetables or natural supplements. Visit your local pharmacy to purchase same.

5. Water

Drinking up to 6 glasses of water a day can raise resting metabolism by about 50 calories daily. Water flushes out all toxins from the body.

6. Always Include Protein

Your body needs protein to maintain lean muscle. Good protein sources include lean meat, nuts, yoghurt. Protein can also up post meal calorie burn by as much as 35% therefore you must take protein either as a protein shake or include protein in your meal right after exercising.

7. Eat Iron - Rich Foods

Iron is responsible for carrying the oxygen your muscles need to burn fat. Until menopause, women lose iron each month through menstruation. An iron deficiency results in low energy and a sagging metabolism. Shellfish, lean meats, beans, fortified cereals and spinach are excellent sources of iron.

8. Get More Vitamin D

This vitamin is essential for preserving metabolism - revving muscle tissue. Good sources of vitamin D include salmon, tuna, shrimp, tofu, fortified milk, cereal and eggs.

9. Skip That Second Cocktail

When you drink alcohol, you burn less fat and burn it more slowly than usual. That is because the alcohol is being used as fuel instead. Knocking back the equivalent of about 2 martinis can reduce your body's fat burning ability by up to 73%.

10. Get More Calcium

Calcium deficiency may result in a slow metabolism. Consuming calcium through dairy products such as milk and yoghurt may also reduce fat absorption from other foods.

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