5 habits that slow down your metabolism

Some people are born with a rapid metabolism. Men, compared to women, tend to burn more calories, but for most people, metabolism slows with age. Although you cannot control all the factors that influence your metabolism, such as age, gender, or genetics, you can ditch some habits that prevent you from improving your metabolism. Here are five of them:

(1) You don’t use enough spices in your meals: Studies show that spicy can help you feel full quicker. Adding a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili pepper to your meals can boost your metabolic rate. The effect is probably temporary, but if you eat spicy foods often, the benefits may add up.

(2) You don’t eat enough protein: Your body burns many more calories digesting protein than it does eating fat or carbohydrates. You can start replacing some carbs with lean, protein-rich foods, such as lean beef, fish, chicken breast, turkey, tofu, nuts, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy products.

(3) You go on extreme diets: Diets that suppose eating fewer than 1,200 calories (if you're a woman) or 1,800 (if you're a man) calories a day - are bad for anyone hoping to quicken their metabolism. Although these diets may help you lose weight, it can backfire, since you can break down precious, calorie-burning muscle tissue for energy.

(4) You don’t exercise enough: Aerobic exercise is high in intensity and accelerates your metabolism compared to moderate workouts. An intense class at the gym or jogging can be of help to help boost your metabolism.

(5) You avoid caffeine: Caffeine is known to be a central nervous system stimulant. Consumed in moderation, coffee help increase your metabolic rate. Furthermore, caffeine may also help increase endurance during exercise and make you feel less tired....