HOW TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM
“I want to lose weight and shrink my pant size.” How many times have you set this goal for yourself?
Eating right, exercising, and boosting your metabolism are all keys to helping you reach your ideal weight. So, if you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered how to boost your metabolism so that you burn more calories throughout the day.
While you can find products everywhere you look that promote metabolism boosting effects, they are simply just hype. Your metabolism comes from how your body uses fuel and a pill will never change that. Here are a few simple tips and tricks that I use to keep my metabolism kicking.
ENJOY A HOT CUP OF LEMON WATER
Lemons are a great way to boost your metabolism! This is because they are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help your immune system.
Boil some fresh water in a kettle and squeeze half a fresh lemon into a mug (use fresh lemon juice rather than the bottled kind). Then fill the mug with hot water, sip, and enjoy.
If you’re looking for an added metabolic boost, add cayenne and ginger. These foods increase your metabolism and may even help promote a healthy digestive system, making it easier for your metabolism to power through calories.
DRINK Your Water
Staying hydrated is important for both your metabolism and your overall health, and cold water is even better. Studies have shown that drinking cold water can increase your metabolism for short bursts. By drinking cold water, your body has to work harder and burn more calories to process it. The study mentioned above found that you can burn 25% more calories just by drinking cold water!
To take advantage, start your morning by drinking a glass of cold water before indulging in a cup of coffee or your breakfast. This way, you’ll be hydrated right from the start and your metabolism will already be up and running before you enjoy breakfast. I like to keep a bottle of cold water next to my bed so I have it as soon as I wake up.
Best of all, you can use this trick throughout the day to give your metabolism a boost!
HAVE SOME COFFEE OR GREEN TEA
Caffeine gives you a boost of energy, but when enjoyed in moderation, coffee or green tea can also help to boost your metabolism. Caffeine is the only supplement that has been proven to actually increase the number of calories your body burns and therefore increases your metabolism.
Make a cup of strong coffee or green tea as part of your morning routine. For best results, avoid adding sweeteners or creamer. These add useless calories that will only bog you down. The caffeine will give your metabolism the boost it needs in the morning and the high antioxidant content of both drinks will improve your health and take care of damaging free radicals in your system. This only works for pure Green Tea, not a pill or powder that claims to rev up your furnace.
HAVE A PROTEIN-RICH BREAKFAST with complex carbohydrates
There are some foods that naturally increase your metabolism and protein is one of them. Your body burns more calories digesting protein than it does compared to fat. And since carbs are your main fuel source, being filled with rich protein and nutrient dense carbs like oats or sweet potatoes, will get your body burning fuel even faster. Instead of skipping your breakfast, eat a small meal about an hour after waking to truly boost your metabolism!
Great options for breakfast include items like Shakeology, plain greek yogurt or eggs/egg whites with turkey sausage.
INCREASE MUSCLE MASS
I have saved the best for last. Let’s get a little technical for just a moment (stay with me!).
The amount of calories you burn throughout the day is made up of 3 things –
- Your resting (or basal) metabolic rate – how many calories you burn at rest;
- Thermogenesis – how many calories you burn through digestion (this sort of falls under the resting metabolic rate category); and
- Your physical activity – (how many calories you burn during exercise).
All of the tips we have mentioned above help to improve point 2 – thermogenesis (how many calories you burn through digestion).
By increasing your physical activity through exercise you can easily start to burn even more calories and keep your metabolism firing. Weight training is one of the best way to build lean muscle and keep your system burning all day.
Muscle burns tons of calories and building muscle overall will help you boost your metabolism and achieve weight loss.
I’m also not saying that you need to go out there and lift super heavyweights and pack on as much muscle as you can. But you cannot exclude resistance workouts. Do some type of resistance exercise 3-4 times per week that engages your muscles, whether that be bodyweight workouts, HIIT, Pilates, Yoga or your favorite gym class! My absolute favorite programs are 80 Day Obsession and LIIFT4 to build mad muscle!
Hope you enjoy these tips and have learned a little something on how to boost your metabolism!
Are any of these tips included in your daily routine? Let me know in the comments section! xx