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The most common advice for boosting metabolism is either doing a HIIT workout or cooking spicy food, but if you don't have the time (nor the skill), here's a much simpler way to do it!
Having a high metabolic rate can help you feel more energized and it can also help you burn more calories without moving a muscle. Working out, especially HIIT training, is probably the best way to burn fat even when you are not doing anything.
But did you know there is an even simpler way? Well, you will be surprised: sleeping! Not a regular sleep, of course. Getting three hours of sleep every night won't help metabolism. On the contrary, sleep deprivation "can alter the glucose metabolism and hormones involved in regulating metabolism, that is, decreased leptin levels and increased ghrelin levels", as a study from 2010 mentions.
Researchers found that there is a U-shaped relationship between sleep duration and metabolic dysregulation, meaning that both sleeping less and more than required could have a negative effect on metabolism.
The paper goes on by saying: "Paradoxically a similar U-shaped relation is also noted in several studies looking at the relationship between sleep and weight, with both short and long sleep leading to weight gain."
According to Healthline, intermittent fasting is thought to have a positive effect on the body and can help boost metabolism and weight loss, too. During fasting, "human growth hormone levels go up and insulin levels go down. Your body’s cells also change the expression of genes and initiate important cellular repair processes."
The NHS suggests that "most adults need between 6 and 9 hours of sleep every night." Are you getting enough?