Work your muscles by lifting weights and/or other strengthening activities like pushups and crunches on a regular basis at least three or four times each week will boost your resting metabolism 24/7. That is because these activities build muscle, and muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you have more muscle, you burn more calories-even sitting still. When it comes to food, keep your metabolism revved with these three tips:
Eat enough food at least 1000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism thrive on food. When you fast, crash diet, or restrict calories below 1000, your metabolism will slow down in a response to conserve energy.
Eat every four to five hours. Because our bodies work hard to digest and absorb the foods we eat, our metabolism revs in response. This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours. Incorporate lean protein with every meal. Eating any food creates a thermic effect and will boost metabolism after consumption. However, eating protein has the greater metabolic boost than eating carbohydrate and fat. In addition, eating the appropriate amount of protein will ensure you are able to maintain and build muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have, the greater your metabolism. Daily Protein Requirements: 50% of your weight in pounds = daily grams of protein. Some of the best protein sources include fish, chicken, turkey, lean sirloin steak, skim milk, yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu and beans.