It’s a frustrating scenario.
You eat right and exercise yet you’ve gained weight or cannot lose weight…
You may have slow-motion metabolism, but the good news is; you’re not stuck with it.
Research shows you can trick your body into burning calories more efficiently, especially if you hit the gym.
By strength-training just a couple of times a week, you’ll reverse 50% of the seemingly inevitable metabolism slow-down that comes with age.
Here are 7 Metabolism boosters that don’t require a visit to an endocrinologist or a prescription.
1. Food is fuel
Under-fueling is just as risky as over-fueling.
If you take in too few calories, it can cause your body to lose muscle mass and decrease your metabolic rate, your body slows the calorie burn rate to conserve the fuel it's got.
Many people believe that eating less is the best solution but not only can this lead to numerous nutritional deficiencies but it can actually have the opposite effect on weight loss.
So make sure to refuel yourself by eating healthy foods.
2. Mix up your workouts
When it comes to the best workouts for weight loss, Interval training is the best way to shed pounds, increase your metabolism, improve your cholesterol profile, and improve insulin sensitivity.
Turn your favorite aerobic exercise, (running, biking, even walking) into an interval workout by adding periods of intense speed (start with 30 to 60 seconds) followed by periods of rest (normal speed) for the same amount of time.
Do this six to 10 times to complete a fat-slashing workout.
As you get better, slowly increase the amount of time of intense speed.
3. Become best friends with breakfast
Commit to starting the day with a good breakfast.
Skipping breakfast puts the body in starvation mode slowing your metabolism to conserve energy.
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Try a mix of lean protein with complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Fresh fruit, egg whites, steel cut oatmeal, Greek yogurt, fiber rich cereals are things to grab for.
4. Spice up your diet
It turns out capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their mouth-searing quality, can also fire up your metabolism.
Eating about one tablespoon of chopped red or green chilies boosts your body's production of heat and the activity of your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for our fight-or-flight response).
The result is a temporary metabolism spike of about 23 percent.
Stock up on chilies! Add to salsas or keep a jar of red pepper flakes on hand for topping pizzas, pastas, and stir-fries.
5. Drink green tea
If you are like me and tend to choose coffee over tea, you could be missing out on a major metabolism boost.
In a recent 12-week study, participants who drank 4-5 cups of green tea daily and did a 25-minute workout lost an average of two more pounds and more belly fat than the non-tea-drinking exercisers.
Green tea contains catechins, a type of antioxidant that triggers the release of fat from fat cells and helps speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy.
6. Snack smart all day
Eating five to six mini meals, portioned to fit on the size of a salad plate, rather than three larger meals every day, keeps your metabolism going.
“Healthy” snacking every 2 hours will prevent you from going without food so long that you become so hungry that you overeat, try not to let more than 4 hours elapse between meals and make sure each meal includes protein, for an extra metabolic boost.
For example, if you eat a high-fiber breakfast of cereal and fruit, have a midmorning snack, such as yogurt and fruit; for lunch, try four ounces of chicken or fish on top of a leafy green salad; then another snack late afternoon, like a banana and a piece of low-fat cheese. Dinner is then a lighter meal; four to six ounces of turkey, salmon, or another lean source of protein with steamed veggies.
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7. Get a good night’s sleep
Lack of sleep is linked to a major increase in the risk of obesity, partly be caused by the negative effects of sleep deprivation on metabolism.
Lack of sleep has also been linked with increased blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, which are both linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It’s also been shown to boost the hunger hormone, and decrease the fullness hormone.
This could explain why many people who are sleep deprived feel hungry and struggle to lose weight.
I hope you enjoyed these metabolism boosting tips!