1) Drink warm water with lemon right when you wake up
When you wake up and don’t know what to do first, taking up the habit of having a cup of warm lemon water will serve you well. It cleanses the digestive system and gets your metabolism on point so that you’re firing on all cylinders.
The water should be warm so that it’s not a shock to your system, but you can switch to cold water for the remainder of your water intake, as this has been shown to raise your resting metabolic rate.
You can also add in a bit of organic, raw honey to sweeten up the sour lemon and introduce digestive enzymes and antioxidants to the equation.
Making It Work: Each time you’re at the store make sure you pick up a bag of organic lemons. Having them on hand is key if you want to stick with this long enough to make a habit out of it. Lemons keep very well in the refrigerator, so they won’t go bad before you can use them up.
2) Workout! At least 20 minutes of good total body strength training
Building muscle is a sure way to increase your metabolic rate, and one of the best times of the day to do strength training is in the morning. This is one habit you don’t want to pass on, and if you choose only one on this list, make it this one.
Strength training puts your body in fat-burning mode, and if you don’t get exercise in the morning the likelihood is that you’ll be in fat-storing mode instead. By getting active in the morning you’ll have a greater chance of staying active and energetic all day.
If doing resistance training isn’t feasible, do an HIIT session. High Intensity Interval Training will keep your metabolism high for several hours after you complete the session.
Making It Work: If you don’t see yourself going to the gym every morning for strength training, invest in a set of resistance bands and use those instead. They take away any weather-related excuse, and make it so you can lift all of your major muscle groups from the comfort and privacy of home.
3) Eat PROTEIN, Protein, PROTEIN
Eggs are one of the best ways to get your metabolism in gear, and it doesn’t matter how you cook them up, you’ll still be getting the nutrition and the boost to your metabolism they provide.
The protein in eggs is what is most important for your metabolism, and will make sure that you not only feel satisfied for much of the morning, but that you’re burning calories as you go about your day.
Making It Work: Expand your repertoire of egg recipes so that you can make up your eggs in many different ways so that you look forward to them rather than thinking you have to stay with the same old same old every morning.
4) Pack a Snack for Later
The morning is the time to set yourself up for success the rest of the day, and make sure you don’t run into any metabolism roadblocks later on. Getting hungry and reaching for the nearest unhealthy snack is a good way to slow your metabolism down, so be prepared with a healthy snacking option.
Change up your snack depending on how you feel each day, and what you think you’ll want most later. This keeps it interesting and makes you more likely to stick with it and form a habit out of it. Snacking helps keep your metabolism strong and prevents eating food that isn’t good for you.
Making It Work: Make a snack that you’re really going to want later so that you have something to get excited about before lunch. It’s amazing how a simple snack can totally change the way you feel all morning long, with the anticipation before the snack and the satisfaction after you eat it.
5) Fill Your Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is key if you want to keep your metabolism humming along. If you started your morning with a cup of warm water with lemon, you’ve already started the process of rehydrating the body after a night’s slumber.
Making It Work: Take your weight and divide by 2. Drink that amount of water in ounces each day. To make it extra simple, buy a water bottle that makes it easy to divide it up for the day. So if you want to drink 75 ounces of water, find a 24 ounce water bottle and make sure to fill it up 3 times (plus drink your lemon water when you wake up)