6 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Without Even Trying

If the process of boosting your metabolism were a four-letter word, it'd undoubtedly be sigh. That's because there are so many factors at play in your individual metabolic rate. "Our metabolic rate can vary based on age, body size and composition, and eating habits," says Lindsey Bristol, RD, nutritionist at Swanson Health, who also adds that medications can affect your metabolism. "If you take in more calories than your body uses for regular functions every day, you may notice weight gain."

We throw this word metabolism around a lot, but what does it actually mean? "Metabolism is how your body uses energy," says Elson Haas, MD, founder and director of Preventive Medical Center of Marin in Northern California. In other words, your cells are always hard at work turning the food you eat into energy; the health of your cells is very important in boosting your metabolism. Which sounds like a lot—enough to make you consider throwing in the metaphorical kale salad and just living with your metabolism as is.

But according to the professionals we consulted, you actually don't have to make drastic changes to help our your metabolism. Here, the experts share their best tips to improve your metabolism with minimal effort.