A healthy metabolism is golden ─ it is the single most important factor in getting the most out of your active lifestyle and maintaining a healthy body weight.

For some lucky ones, it's simply a genetics game, while others actually have to work for it (how fair is that, huh?). No matter which group you belong to, we are here to help. The truth is that there are simple steps you can take to give your metabolism the little boost it needs to keep your body in top form.

• Eat smaller meals throughout the day

“Think of your metabolism like a fire. In order to keep a fire burning you start with a decent amount of wood, then you add a few pieces of wood every few hours to keep the fire burning.” – Goodson

Be sure to include a lean protein (egg whites, quinoa, fish, chicken breast, oatmeal) and a complex carb (yogurt, lentils, brown rice, fruits, vegetables) to your meal.

• Drink water before every meal

Besides keeping you hydrated, it will also make it so that you have a better sense of when you start to feel satiated with your meal, which means that you are less likely to overeat.

• Crank it up

When you are working out, incorporate 60-second intervals of high-intensity activity (running, swimming, dancing), then return to your normal speed afterward. Repeat this process for up to 5 times.

• Pump it up

Don’t get stuck in a cardio rut. Be sure to incorporate strength training into your workout routine. In some ways, one can’t exist without the other.

• Add whey protein to your fruit smoothie

25 grams of protein per serving. It will supply your body with the nutrition it needs to stay healthy and burn fat. Look for a high-quality whey protein with the key words; low carbs (160 per serving is ideal), and no fat.

• Fiber up

A fiber deficiency will undoubtedly derail your diet. Fiber is key to healthy digestion. It will also keep you feeling fuller longer.  Word is that 30 grams of fiber (apples, oats, beans, oats, carrots, lentils, split peas) per day is ideal.