6 Tricks That Will Speed Up Your Metabolism (For Real)

Our metabolisms get blamed for a lot. "Metabolism" is a word that is bandied about in our frustrated conversations with girlfriends. Our inability to mainline chocolate without putting on weight? Metabolism. That half a stone that just won't budge? Metabolism. Our general fatigue? Metabolism. But do you know what your metabolism is and what it even does?

According to the NHS website, "metabolism describes all the chemical processes that go on continuously inside the body to keep you alive and your organs functioning normally, such as breathing, repairing cells and digesting food." Our bodies need energy to carry out all those metabolic processes, and it's our basal metabolic rate that is a number of calories our body uses to just keep us alive. The site goes onto say that "a slow metabolism is more accurately described as a low BMR."

You can find out what your BMR is by using this handy online tool.

While we probably need to shift the focus from wanting to speed up our metabolism to increasing our BMR if we want to be totally accurate, at the end of the day, we all just want to know how to lose any excess weight, right? Keep scrolling for six ways to boost your BMR and in turn speed up your metabolism.