Metabolism is the system that converts what you eat and drink into energy. At any time, this can speed up and slow down. You gain weight when you eat more calories than you burn so it is crucial for successful weight management to keep active and where possible, signal to your body that the food you’ve consumed was plentiful and that you are ready to speed up your metabolism and burn fat. Here are some tips to amp up your metabolism! Eat Healthy Fats dark chocolate – avocados – olive oil – coconut oil – natural peanut button – nuts – walnuts – flax seed – fish – salmon – olives – soybeans Drink 2-3 Litres of Water a Day After drinking 2 litres of water, metabolism speeds up 30% within 10 minutes and reaches a maximum boost after 30-40 minutes. It is proven that drinking cold water, especially icy cold water will help you to burn up to 400 extra kilojoules per day for every 2L of water you drink, which the equivalent of an extra snack every single day. Eat small meals every 3-4 hours Eating every 3-4 hours can help you develop a great relationship with food and keep you burning fat for hours. Whilst eating more frequently has no direct impact on your metabolism it will help in keeping you feeling ‘full’; resulting in eating less ‘unnecessary’ foods. Sleep for 8 hours Sleep helps the body perform at its best all day long. Sleep deprivation signals your metabolism to slow down, use less energy and causes many to binge later in the day. Eat more to lose weight Avoid restrictive diets! Extreme calories restrictions wrecks lasting weight loss efforts as your body compensates by slowing down your metabolism and conserves calories for survival.