In simple terms, your metabolism is the entirety of everything your body does. When you fuel your body with food, the enzymes in your body use the food and turn it into energy. That energy is what keeps your heart beating, your mind continuously thinking, and your legs moving during your morning jog.


Having a faster metabolism means that your body burns more calories each day. The more you burn, the easier it is to drop those few extra pounds. Here are a few things you can do to increase your metabolism so it starts working a lot harder!


  1. Eat Breakfast. Did you know that women who skip eating breakfast are 4.5x more likely to be obese? Eating breakfast will kick start your metabolism and keep your energy levels up. You’ll also be more likely to each a smaller lunch because you won’t be starving when noon rolls around. Just make sure that your breakfast consists of healthy foods. Try steel-cut oatmeal, plain oatmeal topped with berries, or an egg white and vegetable omelet.


  1. Drink Cold Water. There are countless benefits to making sure your body is properly hydrated. Making sure your 8 glasses a day are ice-cold (instead of room temperature or hot) can help you lose up to 5 pound per year. Your body has to work to heat up the water to your core temperature, which causes you to burn a few extra calories. That may not seem like much, but for such a small change, it’s a major benefit!


  1. Drink Matcha Tea. Green tea is amazing for boosting the metabolism thanks to a compound called ECHC. Matcha is even more powerful than regular green tea because you are drinking the tea leaves instead of just using the leaves to infuse water. One cup of matcha is nutritionally equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea! Try a cup before a workout for an extra boost.


  1. Eat Spicy Foods. Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, can help boost your metabolism. Keep some jalapeños, red pepper flakes and hot sauce readily available to spice up your favorite foods. If you want a boost but you don’t like the feeling of eating something spicy, try cayenne pepper pills. The cayenne won’t hit your tongue so you won’t taste any spice – just be sure to start out with a small dose so you won’t get any side effects like heartburn.


  1. HIIT Workouts. Food and drinks aren’t the only way to boost your metabolism. During your next workout trying doing a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout. This technique where you push yourself to your maximum abilities for quick bursts, and follow the burst with a short recovery period. You’ll burn the same amount of calories is less time, are your metabolism will be revved.


  1. Get Plenty of Sleep. In today’s world, it’s hard to find the time to get a proper sleep. However, sleep should be one of your top priorities! Your body uses this time to recover, reduce stress, and it even helps to boost your metabolism. Make sure you’re getting 7.5 hours or more to get the full benefits. You may find it helpful to get a wearable activity tracker to give you solid data on your sleeping habits.


Incorporating all of these changes into your lifestyle can make a major benefit on how your metabolism performs. Of course, you’ll need to combine these tips with a healthy and active lifestyle in order to see results. You can do it!