Need to up your burn?
Try these five tricks to rev up your body’s metabolism…
1. Count more sheep
Not had a good night’s kip? After four sleepless nights, your body’s ability to respond to insulin drops by almost a third. Not catching enough zzz’s? Your daytime activities could actually be sabotaging your shut-eye.
2. Chow down on this
Did you know that 30g of protein helps build and maintain kilojoule-burning muscle mass – even while you’re sitting down. So what makes up 30g of protein? That would be 100 grams of chicken breast, 112 grams of tuna, 70 grams Parmesan or 100 grams of lean beef.
3. Get active
Do 30 seconds of intense exercise per day to speed up your metabolism in just two weeks, according to Scottish research. And yes – sprinting for the bus counts.
4. Find your routine
Going below 5000kJ a day will seriously freak out your system. Add some structure to your eating: 1800kJ breakfast • 1 800kJ lunch • 1800kJ dinner • 2 x 200kJ snack.
5. Keep it cool
Turning down the aircon by five to 10 degrees increases your body’s production of brown fat, the metabolically active kind that burns kilojoules to produce heat.
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