Individuals who don't get enough sleep have a harder time processing carbs than that of people who sleep a decent amount. This is due to increased levels of insulin and the stress hormone called cortisol, and will make burning calories more difficult. Make sure to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night to keep your metabolism running smoothly.
Eat More Protein!
Having protein at every meal really fires up your metabolism, causing your body to burn more calories. Dr. Cederquist, founding physician of bistroMD, recommends you consume 25-30 grams of protein every meal to get the most out of your protein. She also recommends consuming 2-3 snacks per day that contain at least 10 grams of protein per snack.
Drink More Water!
Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Drinking a glass of water right before a meal also makes you feel fuller, faster and could prevent you from overeating. This may not sound like a lot, but after a year you could shed 5 extra pounds without almost no effort at all.
Don't Skip Breakfast!
Make sure to get a nutrient rich breakfast in the morning as it jumpstarts your metabolism. Studies have shown that people who start their day by eating a balanced meal consume fewer calories by the end of the day than if they hadn't eaten anything at all.
Schedule Your Day!
Schedule your eating and exercise habits to help hold yourself accountable. As you go throughout your day, check off the food you eat and exercise you complete. You will feel more accomplished once you start being able to check off each item off your list.