Ways to Jump Start Your Metabolism

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Increase the protein in your diet

There is some evidence that if you increase your protein intake to the top end of the recommended amount (about 20 percent of total calories), the amount of energy you expend at rest will remain the same, even when you’re losing weight. Normally, when you lose weight, your body adapts and you burn fewer calories at rest. Try these other 12 tips to get a 25-year-old’s metabolism.

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Don’t skip a post-workout snack

Eating a snack after the gym not only gives your body new energy, it can also stimulate your fat burning. A small study published in Limits in nutrition showed that middle-aged athletes who drank a 270-calorie shake filled with 24 grams of protein and 36 grams of carbohydrates after strength and endurance training lost about four pounds more fat and created one and a half pounds more lean muscle in six months than athletes who drank the don’t shake drunk.

This research reaffirms that giving your body extra protein and carbohydrates after an exercise session can help build lean tissue and promote fat loss. Experts believe that the body produces muscle proteins faster if you consume protein after exercise.

The perfect balance of protein and carbohydrates can be a simple snack, such as a banana with peanut butter or a few slices of turkey and cheese with apple slices.

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Don’t underestimate the power of a full night’s sleep

A lack of napping can increase your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that makes you hungrier and slows down your metabolism. Sleep deprivation can even lower your levels of leptin, the satiety hormone, which can tell your brain to eat more calories than you actually need. A study published in the journal Sleep Medication Reviews chronic sleep loss linked to a reduction in metabolism. Make sure you know these other 23 lazy ways to burn more calories throughout the day.

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