How to Boost Your Metabolism in 9 Easy Steps

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1. GET SOME SLEEP. SERIOUSLY.

It's something you've got to do anyway, every single day, so why not do it right and really make it work for you? Sure, it's not always easy to tally up ... more 
Photo by: R29
1. GET SOME SLEEP. SERIOUSLY.

It's something you've got to do anyway, every single day, so why not do it right and really make it work for you? Sure, it's not always easy to tally up the recommended seven to nine hours a night or the really good REM deep kind. But, the more quality sleep time you log, the skinnier you may get.

"A huge amount of recent research connects sleep to appetite and metabolism," says Isaacs. "We know insufficient sleep (and approximately 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from some type of sleeping disorder, the National Institutes of Health finds), can lead to slower metabolism, as well as increase hypertension, diabetes and weight gain-and I see it with my patients - when people improve their sleep, they can see dramatic weight loss."

Here's why: when you're in a peaceful slumber, your body produces more leptin (Greek for thin!), a hormone that legit suppresses appetite. So, if you don't get enough zzz's, you also don't get less 
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Thu, Nov 8, 2012 11:54 AM EST
By Nicole Catanese, Designed by Ammiel Mendoza, Refinery29



Ah, the M word. If you were lucky enough to hit the genetic jackpot and score a metabolism that burns calories at lightning speed, then hey, good for you! (Okay, yes that was slightly bitter, but seriously, enjoy it.)



But, if you're like the majority of us, your body's hormonally charged calorie burner hums along at a so-so pace - and for that, you can thank not only Mom and Dad, but also your age, weight, and body type. The result: you've got to work pretty darn hard eating a ton of salads and hitting up SoulCycle so that you don't saddle your body more calories than it can handle.



However, we have good news: According to Scott Isaacs, MD, an endocrinologist in Atlanta, Georgia, and author of Hormonal Balance: How to Lose Weight by Understanding Your Hormones and Metabolism, there are a handful of small changes you can make to prevent calories from turning into fat...and basically transform your weight fate. Yeah, we thought you might want to keep reading. Click through for 9 ways to keep your metabolism revved up!




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