Because we live in a world that’s often way too complicated, I decided to go on a search for the easiest ways to boost your metabolism. I don’t know about you, but I was always under the impression that I was cursed with a very slow metabolism. I had friends who ate twice as much as me and no matter how hard I tried to control my portions, I wasn’t the one losing the weight! As frustrated as I was, I knew that there had to be a way around my circumstance. As I was doing research one day, I stumbled upon an article by WebMD which stated that regardless of your weight, age or current physical condition, you have the power to increase your metabolism. Pretty powerful stuff, right? Keep reading to get the lowdown on simple ways to boost your metabolism and change your body!
1. Ditch Diets
One of the sure ways to boost your metabolism is to ditch all diets. I bet you weren’t expecting to hear this, but it’s very true. Dieting by restricting portions, calories or certain food groups for a limited amount of time isn’t going to do your metabolism any favors. According to Women’s Health, restricting food actually ruins your metabolism! Resolve to eat smarter so you can enjoy eating delicious foods while staying fit.
2. Eat Snacks
We’ve been long conditioned to interpret snacking as a big no-no when it comes to weight loss, but now we know that’s not true. As stated by Fit Sugar, snacking during the day and even before you hit the sack has been shown to help rev up your metabolism so you can actually burn some cals while you snooze. Choose a healthy snack that’s between 100-200 calories so you don’t go to sleep with low blood sugar.
If you weren’t already aware, sleep is vital to good physical and mental health. If you don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, it can mess with your metabolism. WebMD says that lacking in sleep can actually decrease the number of calories your body burns when you’re resting. Try going to sleep earlier at night or scheduling a short nap in the afternoon if you're lacking Zzzs.
4. Eat Fish
Another easy way to boost your metabolism is to incorporate more fish into your diet. Fish is often touted as being a great choice for younger looking skin, to regulate inflammation and for being heart healthy, but it can help us out in our weight loss endeavors as well. Based on a report done by the University of Western Ontario, fish oils help increase fat-burning enzymes and decrease fat-storing enzymes.
5. Do Have Dark Chocolate
One more reason to not go on a “diet” is because you typically deprive yourself from eating dessert and that wouldn’t last very long for me. You can still enjoy sweets while eating healthy and losing weight if you make wise choices. A great dessert option is dark chocolate. It contains catechins and caffeine, both which are known to help increase your metabolism. Milk chocolate will always be my true love, but I’ve grown pretty fond of dark chocolate, too!
6. Get up
If you’re one of the many people who spend the majority of their day sitting, make time to get up and move around. Fit Sugar mentions that walking around can not only help you digest your meal, it can also help boost your body’s fat burning enzymes! Go on a short walk during your breaks and get up to talk to your co-workers instead calling or emailing them.
7. Go Green
Aside from drinking plenty of water, green tea should be the second drink on your list. Sipping on green tea has been shown to help you shed weight and it contains antioxidants that rev up your metabolism to help you raise your resting metabolism by 4%. It might not seem like much, but it’s a great way to consume a healthy drink that can help make weight loss easier.
8. Eat Organic
Eating organic can be expensive, but for many, the benefits are well worth the cost. But, how can eating organic help with weight loss? Well, turns out that pollutants from pesticides are stored in fat cells and Canadian researchers found that those who have a large amount of these pesticides in their bodies can have a harder time losing weight. Women’s Health suggests buying organic when you can, but if it’s a food that you peel to eat, non-organic is fine.
9. Drink Water
Drinking water not only helps to keep you hydrated, but Health.com says it can help you keep your metabolism going when you’re just hanging out. They cited a University of Utah study that where subjects drank 8-12 glasses of water per day and they were found to burn more calories than those who only drank 4 glasses per day.
10. Eat Breakfast
Do you start your day with a cup of coffee and just work until lunch rolls around? Eating breakfast not only helps to get you going for the day, but it also helps with cognitive functioning and lower incidences of heart disease and diabetes. Those who make breakfast the biggest meal of their day have been found to lose an average of 18 pounds in three months!
11. Get Spicy
Some argue that the metabolism boosting abilities of certain spices are minimal, but if there’s a way to spice up my meals while helping to increase my metabolism, I’m all for it! Spices such as cinnamon, cayenne pepper and even ginger root make foods taste better and even temporarily rev up your metabolism. Try cinnamon in your coffee, oatmeal or smoothies and add cayenne pepper and ginger to soups or sautéed veggies.
Did you think that there would be so many simple ways to boost your metabolism? I bet you’re already doing some of these things! If not, you’re now armed with 11 different ways you can give you metabolism a kick in the butt and get it going! How do you like to rev up your metabolism? Do tell!