When you need to give your metabolism a much needed boost to burn off those extra calories, try out one of these five trusted methods of turning the heat up on your calorie burning power.

 

  1. Exercise More

    According to Gary Miller, Ph.D., an associate professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University, exercising more often can help to spike your metabolism. “It’s not a huge spike, but it makes a difference,” he says in an interview with Cooking Light magazine. To maximize your weight loss potential, try exercising before eating.

  2. Work Out with Weights

    During weight training, muscle tissue is stressed then repaired, causing a bodily reaction that boosts metabolism. To maximize your fitness levels, try using Strength Training Workouts coupled with weight lifting.

  3. Practice Portion Control

    Eating large amounts of food overloads your metabolism with a surplus of unusable energy. Use a food scale or measuring cups to identify the right size of your favorite foods.

  4. Eat Smaller Meals Often

    Some experts recommend eating smaller meals throughout the day, known as grazing. “Grazing helps normalize blood sugar levels rather than producing three large spikes, which is what happens eating three meals a day,” says Nick Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry at Angelo State University.

  5. Laugh!

    When researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, put people into a “metabolic chamber” (a small room that measures heat output in order to calculate a person’s metabolic rate) and showed them funny videos, the subjects’ metabolic rates rose by 10 to 40 calories.