1. Make Breakfast Count With or without any caffeine, your body needs to start burning calories right away after you wake up. Always have breakfast in 30-60 minutes after you’re up and make sure it includes lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. 2. Sleep More When you’re sleep deprived, you’re a lot more likely to overindulge, but that’s not the only reason to make sure you get 8 hours of sleep every night. By letting your body rest for longer, you’re improving your calorie burning potential when you’re awake as well. Allow yourself a good night’s sleep and you’ll also benefit from lower levels of cravings triggering hormones. 3. Avoid Crash Diets If you’re getting less than 1,200 calories per day, you’re on a bad diet. You’ll lose the water weight, and then your body will start losing muscle mass instead of burning the fat deposits. Crash diets are bad because they push your body into starvation mode, slowing down your metabolism and making it easier to store fat when you can’t take it anymore and start binging. 4. Spice It Up One of the easiest ways to make sure you’re keeping your metabolism at full speed is to include a little spice in every meal. Chili peppers, ginger, and even cinnamon can kick your metabolism into the next gear temporarily, so adding them to more meals and snacks means more calories end up getting burned instead of stored.