Your metabolism is how your body burns calories to create energy. For many though their metabolisms are not operating as they should. Even if you do work out, there are ways that you can get your metabolism working at peak efficiency.

One of the simplest ways to increase your metabolism is to exercise more. Aim for between 3-5 days per week when you exercise. Instead of having a longer workout session, try three 15-minute workout periods throughout the day where you work out at high levels of activity.  When not in the gym, find other ways to get more physical activity throughout the day. Taking the stairs is one idea.

Another way to boost your metabolism is to include more protein in your diet. You need protein to build muscle. Also, it takes your body longer to process protein than other foods.  Thus, you burn more calories digesting protein. Some sources of protein to add to your diet include:

  • Red meat
  • Salmon
  • Seeds
  • Beans
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese

While you’re at it, add to your plate foods that are rich in iron, which help to oxygenate your muscles. Foods that have a lot of iron include:

  • Spinach
  • Red meat
  • Beans
  • Seafood

Make sure that when you are preparing your meals that you eat enough food throughout the day. People often make the mistake of restricting caloric intake when trying to boost their metabolism. Instead, make sure that you are getting enough of the calories and nutrients you need to maintain a healthy metabolism.

One nutrient to consider increasing is omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are important for keeping your heart healthy and keeping inflammation in check. Plus, it contributes to a healthy metabolism too.

Besides making sure you are getting enough quantity of food, it is important that the foods you do eat are quality foods. Choosing organically grown and raised foods eliminates the chemicals used in non-organic foods.

Want to learn more about how to get the most out of your metabolism? Read the full post here:  11 Incredible Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.