If you’re reading this article, you’ve likely been feeling sluggish and having a difficult time losing weight. If your shirts don’t fit like they used to, don’t panic just yet. You’ll be out of those baggy workout clothes in no time. There are plenty of things you can do to get your metabolism out of hibernation. The key is to give it a boost through a healthy lifestyle and a few behavior changes.
The benefits of a faster metabolism include better digestion, a leaner body, and an improved sense of health. Here are some ways to get your body up and running again.
1. Eat just enough
Common sense dictates if you eat less, then you won’t gain weight. However, eating too little can throw your metabolism into a loop. If you eat less than you need for your body to function — about 1,200 calories for most women, according to Prevention — you may be doing a number on your metabolism. Dan Benardot, Ph.D. and an associate professor of nutrition and kinesiology at Georgia State University, told the publication, “Eat just enough so you’re not hungry — a 150-calorie snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon between three meals (about 430 calories each) will keep your metabolism humming.”