8 Metabolism Boosters for Faster Fat Loss
I’ve written about the Top 3 Metabolism Triggers Under Your Control in another post, but did you know there are even more metabolic boosters you can put into play for that sexy, trim body you’re working so hard on?
Your metabolism – more specifically, your metabolic rate – is how quickly your body is burning calories. So if you’re trying to lose weight, raising your metabolic rate means you’ll see results faster.
Here’s a short list of some of the easiest (and maybe some not-so-easy) triggers that you can get working on your behalf beginning today!
Are you one of those knee jigglers? Do you tap your toes all day long? Twirl a pencil? Chew gum? Maybe you should try, because just that tiny difference is one more way to add a constant source of energy burn that could add up to as much as 300 to 400 calories per day.
2. Drink cold drinks
Would you believe your body has to work to warm up those cold beverages? Every little bit counts. Water or a low-sugar sports rehydrator is best.
3. Eat spicy foods
Research shows that spicy meals take longer and make your body work harder for up to 30 minutes after you eat. They also help you feel more satisfied, sooner. Which means you may be eating less!
4. Increase protein in your diet
Protein is the hardest macronutrient for your body to digest, and you burn more energy in digesting it. So add lean protein to every meal and snack, especially if you’re indulging in a highly-processed or “cheat” food.
5. Drink more water
When you aren’t properly hydrated, your entire system, including your metabolism, slows down. If you’re bored by plain water, add a squeeze of lemon juice, or a different type of fresh citrus (grapefruit, lime, orange).
6. Enjoy a little caffeine
No, it’s not all wicked. A cup of coffee or hot tea in the morning can not only perk you up, it also gives a little boost to your metabolism. Just avoid all the milk, creamers, sugars, and other additives, or you’ll be clogging up your system and packing on the pounds instead.
7. Cut out diet sodas
Just because it’s calorie free doesn’t mean it’s a good choice. The chemical sweeteners in diet drinks can increase food and fat cravings, which makes it hard for you to stick to healthy choices.
8. Get plenty of sleep
A lack of sleep can elevate your levels of cortisol, which is a hormone that makes you feel hungrier and slows your metabolism.
Spark the Discussion
What ways have you found to incrementally boost the activity and power of your metabolism? Leave a comment below and let me know what you’ve found to be a successful (or even not-so-successful) tactic.