That line of thinking isn’t entirely wrong, but your metabolism actually does a lot more than just burn calories. In reality, it’s a complicated system that includes almost every chemical reaction that takes place within your cells and provides energy for most of your body’s vital processes.
In other words, your metabolism encompasses way more than the process of burning up the calories from the food you eat, which means that its efficiency, or “speed,” is reliant on many different factors.
Your metabolism is dependent on everything from the types of foods you eat to the amount of sleep that you get each night.
Thanks to genetics, some people have “speedier” metabolisms than others. However, there are some scientifically backed things you can do to make yours work a little more quickly.
And, if you make these habits a part of your morning routine, chances are it will help to naturally boost your calorie burn all day long.
Wake up with 16 ounces of water.
One study led by German scientists found that drinking about 17 ounces of water immediately after waking up in the morning can boost your metabolism by about 30 percent for up to an hour or more. While the authors of the study told WebMD that this increase only adds up to a few calories per day, it’s still a good idea to start your morning with a glass of H2O and continue hydrating throughout the day. “Staying hydrated is important to maintaining overall health,” explained Brandon Cheeks, a NASM certified personal trainer at Balanced Fitness & Health in San Diego, Calif. “It helps the body to expel toxins, keeps skin clear and moisturized, and keeps muscles energized.”
Drink a cup of warm lemon water.
“Drinking warm lemon water helps the body rehydrate after sleep,” Cheeks said. “It also flushes out toxins, stimulates the digestive system and provides the body with Vitamin C and potassium to boot.” The Vitamin C is the important part. While no studies have shown that lemon can directly boost your metabolism, according to iVillage expert Shilpi Agarwal M.D., Vitamin C helps assist the body with burning fat at the cellular level.