I think that boosting your metabolism aids to weight loss and energy. Here is a list of how you can boost your metabolism naturally, without doing anything crazy.
1. Never Skip Meals: you want to make sure that your blood sugar stays leveled and if you skip meals you risk lowering it, when your sugar levels drop you get immediately hungry, which can cause you to binge or make wrong food choices. Eat smaller and healthier meals more frequently.
2. Drink Water: cold water is the best option, research shows that when you drink cold water your body expends extra calories warming it up to your body temperature. Subjects who drank 16 ounces of water at a time experienced a 30 percent increase in metabolic rate during the following hour.
3. Spice it up: Hot food and spices like paprika, red pepper flakes, cayenne give your metabolism a real kick. A fiery meal can make your heart beat faster and even bring you out in a sweat – both signs your body is working harder and therefore burning more energy.
4. Muscle Building: Building up muscle increases your resting metabolic rate and reduces your body fat levels. People who are really toned will have a slightly higher metabolism all the time, as women I suggest doing exercises that tone the body, like Pilates, Resistance training, Power Yoga (ashtanga, vinyasa, bikram).
5. Exercise: Cardio, Aerobics, even fast walking all improve definition and burn the fat that covers your muscles, especially belly fat. It even stays at this higher rate for three to four hours after you’ve finished your workout. I especially love Tracy Anderson, she does a combination of both Cardio and resistance.
6. Caffeine: Research shoes that drinking Green Tea and Coffee can significantly increase your metabolic rate for a period of 3 hours. Caffeine is a stimulant that affects metabolism your central nervous system. Avoid putting sugar in your coffee or green tea, sugar turns into fat. And please; stay away from sodas.
7. Get Real: Eat healthy, To maximize the calories burned through digestion and stave off hunger, get plenty of complex carbs (fruits, vegetables and beans) and eat a little protein with every meal. It doesn’t need to be meat; nuts, lowfat dairy, tofu, and beans are all good vegetarian protein sources.
8. Manage your fat intake: Unsaturated fats – consumed in moderation can boost the metabolism. This includes omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, omega-6 fatty acids found in cereal grains.
9. Sleep: If you’re tired because you haven’t slept your metabolism won’t have had the chance to recharge so it will be slower than normal. Plus your body will crave sweet foods to give it constant bursts of energy. So get a good eight-hour kip so you’re ready to start fighting the fat
10. Avoid crash dieting: Crash diets — those involving eating fewer than 1,000 calories a day — are disastrous for anyone hoping to quicken their metabolism. Although these diets may help you drop pounds (at the expense of good nutrition), a high percentage of the loss comes from muscle. The lower your muscle mass, the slower your metabolism. The final result is a body that burns far fewer calories (and gains weight faster) than the one you had before the diet.
* This is research I did, I am not a physician or a dietician. I love figuring out the ways to make a women’s body healthier and sexier.
Like your post, great tips! Thank you for liking my post on Lunch, truly grateful.
May your day be peaceful and blessed.
You’re most certainly welcome. Have a great day!
I have found that the timing of one’s sleep is very important too, bed before 11 pm and then naturally waking up at around 6 a.m. is ideal.
Yes, I agree I think that sometimes we have to get into good habits and then it comes naturally. Of course if you aren’t able to time yourself or always go to bed at the same time just make sure you get enough sleep.
Love it and all of the above is so true! The amount of times my clients come to me saying they skipped a meal so they should be losing weight. Then when I explain to them when their body isnt getting the fuel it needs it starts to slow down! Good nutritional education is priceless!
Thank you for stopping in and approving this post. I really appreciate it. And BTW I love pilates, I’ve had to stop for now because other than living in Italy (which already has few classes) I am pregnant and can’t really do alot of the moves. 😦 I’ll be back to it soon.
I love your ideas and suggestions! They add nicely to my personal Weightloss Rules on my page. Unfortunately I am not able to do all of what you are suggesting because (e.g.) I can not eat spicy or drink caffeine because both is not absorbed too well by my body. 🙂 But I agree with your ideas and thanks for posting them – these are actually well known facts – I just tend to forget them.
I understand about not being able to eat spicy you can always substitute with ginger or cumin. As for the caffeine if you can try green tea it has a low dose of caffeine.
Of course if you have any health problems I would suggest you to speak to your physician first.
Thanks for stopping by mythineats.
Thank you for liking my recent post! I’ve browsed your blog because my health – and therefore my weight – became a problem last year – and I like your advice so have decided to follow you 🙂
Well Thank you very much. I try to make healthy not seem like a sacrifice! Of course, you have to use your own judgement when making any decision regarding what goes in your body, but I do firmly believe that no matter what we can all benefit for healthy tips…..we all eat but how do we eat is the bigger question. I believe in whole foods: veggies, fruits, grains, fish, but I also think that carbs aren’t that bed when eaten in the right connotation. thanks for stopping by mythineats and I hope that I can inspire you!!
Thank you! I’m an ex semi-professional swimmer and so diet was always important to me – and I have always been a big fan of carbs depending on how active I am (as a disabled person who can’t get around a lot these days I eat more veg and less carbs, for instance).
I’m fairly well up on healthy eating, but a bit of inspiration from elsewhere never hurts 🙂
Great post! Thanks! This is all so true. In regard to #5, may I add that, because your metabolism is higher after working out for quite some time, it is better to work out as early in the day as your schedule allows? But if you can’t do it in the morning, anytime is better than not at all!
Exactly, I think that you should workout whenever possible if you can’t seem to get a regimen in place. It should always be fun and something that pushes you to want more. Morning is great but if you can’t workout in the morning then anytime should be great.
I’m loving #7 get real Haha! Great advice, thanks for the tips 🙂
Thanks, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post.
Great post. I think all of your tips (and I know you’re not a doctor!) are exactly what I follow and reccomend myself. Nice work!
Thanks. I just like to share things that work for me and I think are helpful not to forget…we all know these steps, but sometimes we just need reminding.
Totally agree with all of these! Great advice!
Thank you very much. And thank you for stopping by mythineats. Have a great day!
hi there ! definitely the extra knowledge i needed to day to help me fix my slow resistant to change body and give a kick to my metabolism managing ! thanks !
Hi, I’m so happy that you find this helpful. Sometimes we just need extra information to help us achieve our goals. Thanks for stopping by mythineats.