It is every person’s dream to have a fast metabolism. But, did you know that despite aging, there are ways to naturally boost your metabolism? Here are 5 ways to do so.

  • Exercise

Although this is a no-brainer, exercise must be included in the list because it is the best way to boost your metabolism. By exercising, you activate your body’s ability to burn calories. It also triggers your body to produce endorphins, which gives your body a state of elation.

  • Eat often

Think of your body as a steam engine running on coal (coal being food), without coal, the steam engine won’t run on best capacity. Just like your body, when you go through long stretches without food, you actually slow down your metabolism. By eating often, which means eating every 2-3 hours, you create a well-fueled, well-oiled machine in your body that efficiently burns fat and calories.

  • Avoid refined and processed food

Refined and processed food do nothing for your body except kill it slowly. Your body is not built to recognize food that is unnatural and highly processed with chemicals. So, each time you eat something that is laden with artificial, refined ingredients, your metabolism slows down because it doesn’t need to process much inside. Imagine what happens when your subject your body to a habit of regularly metabolizing food that is already processed; you just slow down your body’s ability to burn food.

  • Sleep

Whether you believe it or not, lack of sleep can actually affect your metabolism. Studies have shown that, when you lack sleep (less than 8-9 hours), your body becomes insulin resistant. Being insulin resistant means your body doesn’t metabolize sugars as efficiently as it should. Ergo, you have more chances of storing fat. Make it a habit to sleep at least 8 hours a night and you might be surprised with the weight loss that can follow.

  • Manage your stress

When you are experiencing high levels of stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. Why is that bad for your metabolism? Cortisol helps you overcome stressful situations but it also slows down your digestive function, stimulates appetite (stress eating), and can interfere with your brain’s perception of satiety (the feeling of being full). All these put together may result in unwanted weight gain. So, if you are trying to achieve a certain body type and you want your metabolism to stay fast, don’t sweat the small stuff.