Melissa McAllister: How to Hack Your Metabolism [EP 19]

Show Notes:

Description: We all want that skyrocketed metabolism, right? In this episode, Melissa shares tweaks that can help increase your metabolism, in addition to the essential wellness practices like eating well, getting adequate sleep and exercising.

In this episode you’ll learn:

Do You Like Broccoli?
05:58 Getting Spicy
08:12 Minerals and Fats
13:19 Tea and Coffee
18:03 Voluntary Movement
20:30 Sleep

Do You Like Broccoli?

There is a chemical called glucoraphanin that is found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Glucoraphanin is known to be beneficial towards helping to tune your metabolism and help the body run more efficiently.

Getting Spicy

Ginger is not only a great anti-inflammatory compound, but it also has been shown to help very slightly with metabolism. Melissa suggests adding powdered ginger to your water to drink with your meal or drinking ginger tea. Cayenne pepper has also been shown to help boost metabolism and help your body burn more fat.

Minerals and Fats

Your metabolism is regulated through your thyroid gland which requires an adequate amount of iron, selenium and zinc. Melissa shares foods that you can eat to get these minerals to help your body regulate your metabolism. She also discusses fats like MCT oil and how that can be helpful for metabolism.

Tea, Coffee and Water

Studies have shown that green and oolong teas have been shown to increase metabolism by as much as four to five percent. These teas help burn body fat for energy up to seventeen percent. Coffee has been shown to do the same thing, about eleven percent. Melissa shares how drinking cold water can also be beneficial for an increase in calorie burning.

Voluntary Movement

Exercise supports favorable metabolism, specifically H.I.T. training and strength training which burn calories even after the workout is complete, also known as afterburn.


As you know, sleep is so important, but inadequate sleep has been shown to slow overall metabolic rate and increase your risk for weight gain and obesity. If you are in a chronic state of inadequate sleep, it can really take its toll on your metabolism over time, in addition to other health consequences.

Resources from this episode:

Learn More About the Effect of Resistance Training on Metabolism Here

Learn More About Green Tea and Metabolism Here

Learn More About Water-Induced Thermogenesis Here

Learn More About Selenium, Copper, Zinc and the Thyroid Here

Learn More About Interval Exercise on Post-Exercise Metabolism Here

Learn More About Caffeine and Metabolism Here

Reference Another Study about Metabolism and Caffeine Here

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