Have you been finding it consistently harder to lose weight every year you get older? Growing a bigger belly, and having a harder time burning calories are just a few signs that your metabolic rate has become increasingly slow. There is no need for you to worry because it's never too late to start making changes, and boosting your metabolism. You just need to take good care of your body, and it will return the favor. Here's what you could be doing to help get your metabolism feeling young again...

1. Don't skip meals.

Although it may be tempting way to cut major calories out of your day, it is critical for your weight loss not to skip a meal. This is because when your body tries to conserve all the calories it has, and additionally slows down your metabolism. Your body needs enough food to breakdown, and turn into energy in order to continue to burn consistent calories. Just try eating well portioned, healthy meals, rather than cutting them out all together.

2. Healthy and hydrated.

Drinking plenty of water is incredible for your health in so many different ways. Every single cell in your body needs water to function properly, and affectively. A recent study done by a university in Utah stating that when your body is dehydrated it can burn up to 3% fewer calories, compared to a properly hydrated body. Drinking between 8 and 12 cups of water every day will help keep your metabolism working efficiently.

3. Protein packed.

Medical research shows that protein consumption has a big impact on your metabolism. Even though foods that are high in protein may have a higher calorie count, the weight you gain will be muscle instead of fat, like you would with lower protein foods. While you don't have to eliminate all your grains for protein, it's recommended that you eat something with a good source of it, as a part of every meal.