10 Natural Ways to Boost Your Metabolism
Your metabolism is the process which breaks down food into fuel in your body. If you feed your body right, with healthy, organic foods, that process runs smoothly. Introduce trans fats and pesticides into the mix and your metabolism flows down, causing weight gain.
In our constant search for ways to lose weight, metabolism often gets shuffled to the side. We think we are born with slow metabolism and while that is partially true, new studies are showing that we can improve our metabolism and our body’s ability to burn off food.
1. Pace While on the Phone
Gone are the days when a spiral wire tied us to one spot while talking on the phone. Our cell phones allow us to move around while talking, so why not take advantage of it? You burn more calories when you are standing as opposed to the slow calorie burn when you are sitting. Give yourself even more calorie burning power and pace while you are on the phone. Even a slow walk around the room is better than sitting in one spot while you chat it up.
2. Water Before Eating
A recent study showed that people who drank two glasses of water before sitting down to eat each meal lost fifteen and a half more pounds in three months than those who did not drink water before eating. For those who don’t have a lot of stomach room, kick it down to one glass of water before each meal. Water is important to your health and it will aid in your digestion, not to mention that you will feel fuller when you sit down to eat.
3. Black Coffee
Drink a cup of black coffee to help boost your energy levels and, inevitably, get you moving. Studies are showing numerous benefits to drinking plain coffee, including antioxidants. Just the smell of brewing coffee can give people an extra jolt of energy, something you need when you are working on losing weight.
4. Remove Trans Fat
Eliminate trans fat from your diet. Not only is it terrible for your health, it also slows down your metabolism. Switch to consuming healthier fats, such as those found in extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil. Better yet, make your own sweet tooth cravings from scratch. That way you control the ingredients that go into it and burn a few calories while preparing it in the kitchen.
5. Chili Peppers
Give your metabolism a quick boost by adding hot, spicy foods to your diet. Chili peppers, for example, contain capsaicin and will give your metabolism a good kick. You don’t need to eat a lot of chili peppers. Just a tablespoon of chopped chili peppers a day will give you what you need, plus you will get the extra benefit of vitamin C found in chili peppers.
6. Strength Training
Maintaining muscle burns more calories than maintaining fat and flab. If you want to boost your metabolism, start building up some muscle. Simply do some strength training two to three times a week for 30 to 40 minutes a session. When you build your muscle, you will have a faster calorie burn even when you are just sitting at a desk.
7. Increase Iron
Increase your iron intake by eating more lean meats, such as chicken. People who are iron deficient have a slower metabolism, which means that it takes them longer to burn off calories and fat. Other foods rich in iron include dark, leafy vegetables, red meat, and raisins.
8. Switch to Organic
When you are buying your fruits and vegetables, try and buy only organic produce. Non organic produce is loaded with pesticides and it is believed that these pesticides slow down your metabolism, making it even harder to lose weight. While buying organic produce can be expensive, you can cut out the junk food and use the money saved for food that is actually healthy for you to eat.
9. Green Tea
Add one cup of green tea a day to your menu. Besides being rich in antioxidants, a recent study shows that people who drank one cup of green tea a day and exercised for three hours a week lost more belly fat than those who did not drink the green tea. Drinking green tea can increase your calorie burn by up to 100 calories a day. Combine that with fidgeting and you are well on your way to losing those extra pounds.
Back in the 1990s, fidgeting to lose weight was being talked about in all the fashion magazines, but then the idea faded away. Well, it has come back to the forefront. Fidgeting, such as bouncing your leg or swinging your arms around, can burn up to an extra 350 calories a day. So, drive your co-workers nuts and annoy your spouse. Fidgeting helps boost your calorie burning power.