It’s no secret that as we get older, our metabolisms begin to slow down, or that some medications can slow our metabolisms down, such as the contraceptive pill, for instance. However, the good news is that thanks to scientific research, we now know how to amp up our metabolisms at any age to burn fat faster. Did you know that each year on average, we gain one and a half pounds, which means that over ten years we tend to gain just over a stone in weight? So it’s important to know how to amp up your metabolism so that you can burn fat faster. To help you to do that, here are some tips to take note of:

Ensure you’re eating enough

When we want to lose weight, we have to reduce our calories consumption, but that doesn’t mean starving yourself. If you don’t eat enough, then you won’t lose any weight as your metabolism will slow down as it tries to conserve energy and sustain your body. This can sometimes lead to the body breaking down precious muscle, which is why it’s so important to eat enough when you’re trying to lose weight. For women, 1500 calories a day is the ideal amount of energy needed to sustain your body, while men need to consume between 2000 and 2500 calories a day. Eat plenty of healthy, nutritious foods, and you should start to see the weight coming off as your metabolism speeds up.

Eat breakfast without fail

Eating breakfast will start your metabolism and will help to ensure that it runs as fast as possible throughout the day. So whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast as this will slow your metabolism down. People who skip breakfast are four times as likely to be overweight than people who have breakfast – just let that statistic sink in. Whether you opt to have scrambled eggs on rye toast or a fat-free yogurt and muesli, it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that you’re feeding your body each morning and kickstarting your metabolism.

Drink caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant, which means that a hit of coffee or tea can jolt your metabolism into gear. Obviously, you don’t want to drink too much caffeine; otherwise, you may become addicted to it. But a couple of cups of coffee or tea a day can help to get your metabolism burning that extra fat.

Guzzle lots of water

Studies have shown that drinking six glasses of water a day can give your metabolism a boost, allowing it to burn an extra 50 calories a day. 50 calories a day equates to losing five pounds a year, so that’s pretty good going. If you are going to drink lots of water, then you want to make sure that the water you’re drinking is pure, as so many water supplies are packed full of nasties that we don’t know are there. If your water comes from a tank, you may be thinking how pure is my tank water? Or, if it comes from a well, you may be asking yourself how pure is your well water? Wherever your water comes from, you want it to be pure. Which is why having a filter installed to purify your water could be worth doing, if you don’t already have one, that is.

Get lots of fiber

Did you know that you can fight fat with fiber? Studies have shown that eating more fiber can increase the amount of fat that you are burning by around 30%. Aim to eat at least 30 grams of fiber a day, and you should start to see a difference in your weight.

There you have it, hacks for giving your slow-running metabolism a boost.