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5 Ways to Get Your Metabolism Soaring

Burn More Calories

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More than ever before, new research shows that what we eat to how we work
out can actually href=""target="_blank">speed up the body's metabolism sometimes resulting in
an extra 200 calories burned per day! At that rate, you can easily lose a
few extra pounds per month, which is good news for those seeking a little
help with weight loss. What's great is that these little tweaks require
minimal effort and only add to a healthy lifestyle.

Eat the Right Foods

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When you eat plays a major role in metabolism, especially when it comes to
breakfast. After a good night's rest (and eight hours or so without food),
the body needs fuel, but if you skip href=""target="_blank">breakfast, it will conserve energy by slowing down your metabolism. Along these same lines, never skip out on healthy meals or snacks during the day. You want to make sure your body is never left wanting to ensure your metabolism is revved up all day long.

Besides knowing when to eat, what you're eating also counts since certain
foods like lean protein, calcium, href=""target="_blank">green tea, curry, and dark chocolate
have been shown to increase metabolic rate. Here are href="
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Metabolism Boost: Get Proper Sleep

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Besides feeling exhausted, a lack of sleep can lead to several health
problems, including weight gain. A href=""target="_blank">study in the
American Journal of Epidemiology indicates that women who sleep five
hours or fewer per night are 32 percent more likely to experience major
weight gain. Not catching enough Zs doesn't allow metabolism to function
properly, and instead your metabolism slows down. Making matters worse,
href=""target="_blank">poor sleep causes an increase in the hormone ghrelin, which signals the
body to eat more.

If getting a good night's rest seems impossible for you, try these href=""target="_blank">tips on
getting quality sleep.

Metabolism Boost: Intense Cardio

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To spike up the body's metabolism, do intense 45-minute cardio sessions a
few times a week. A href="
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Science in Sports & Exercise journal showed that an intense cardio
workout can slash an additional 190 calories post-workout. While research
is still not solid on what produces this increase in calories burned, most
research leans toward the after burn effect, in which a period of intense
activity causes the body's metabolism to spike and burn off more fat than

Muscle Power

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href=""target="_blank">Building muscle through strength training helps give your metabolism an
upward bump. While how much is unclear, one thing is known: muscle burns
calories at a higher rate than fat. (Depending on which study you read, a
pound of muscle burns anywhere from 15-50 calories per day. Compare this
to fat, which averages about two calories per day.)

Even if you consider yourself an active gal, make sure to incorporate
strength training into your fitness routine. Otherwise you run the risk of
losing muscle mass. Here are some href=""target="_blank">
tips on getting started with strength training.

Hydrate With Water

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Drinking water is rarely a bad thing, but it just got even better: a
German study showed that after drinking 17 ounces of water, the
participants' metabolism had an increase of about 30 percent. Just one of
many href=""target="_blank">reasons to
hydrate with water.

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