Many individuals are looking for ways to speed up their metabolisms and lose weight as obesity rates continue their astounding upwards climb. There is no magic bullet for weight loss or increasing metabolic rates, but there are some things you can do to help yourself. Many of these may already be playing a small part in your life, so work towards making them play an even bigger role. Our bodies burn many more calories when our metabolisms are functioning at a higher rate so it is helpful to engage in any behavior or practice that boosts our metabolism.

Things You Will Need

Ice water
Caffeinated drinks
Some form of exercise

Do your exercising early in the day. With the number of people on shift work, the beginning of your day can mean anytime of the day or night. Do your exercise during whatever hours your "morning" happens to fall into. Simply walking around the neighborhood or park is a way to get more exercise. Try to get as much sunlight in as possible also. The sunlight also gives a slight increase to metabolic rates.

Adding some common spices, vitamins and minerals into your diet will increase your metabolism. Just 1/4 - 1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day increases your rate dramatically. 500 milligrams of vitamin C can help you burn as much as 39% more calories during exercise. Chromium, which is found in tomatoes and most meat, also assists in raising your rates.

Eating more frequently helps to increase rates. Divide meals up into smaller portions and sit down to eat more often. Every time you eat, it help push up your rate. Caffeinated drinks also help because an increase in heart rate boosts metabolic rate as does drinking ice water because your body uses more energy in warming the water in order to metabolize it.