To lose weight it is important that your body is able to burn calories faster. This can only be achieved when your body’s metabolism is strong and fast. Not only does an improved metabolism trigger faster weight loss but it also makes you feel energetic and positive. A strong metabolism is key to have a healthy body and mind that improves your confidence and consequently your sexiness.
13 Best ways to rev up your metabolism and keep those unwanted pounds away from your waistline
1. Stay Hydrated
No, not the supplemented high-vitamin and mineral drinks, keep it simple. Just drink 8 glasses of plain water and see your metabolism stay at its best and your body functioning as a well-oiled machine. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that drinking 2 glasses of water improves metabolic rate by about 30 percent in healthy men and women. Related: Burn belly fat with this amazing juice.
2. Get adequate sleep
In a recent study, two groups of people were made to go through a weight-loss program. While one of the groups was allowed to get adequate sleep of 7 to 8 hours every day, the second group was not allowed to complete their quota of sleep. In about two weeks, it was found that the second group found it much difficult to lose weight as their metabolism had slowed down. Your body needs sufficient rest to repair and rejuvenate its functioning. Make sure you get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day to keep your metabolism and consequently your body in top shape.
3. Laughter is the best medicine
I always recommend this to my clients. Watch your favorite sitcom or romcom or stand up comic or those Japanese game shows every night, whatever it is that you enjoy for at least 15 minutes and get those funny bones tickled. Laughing is probably the easiest way to calm your nerves, relax your body, and speed up metabolism. Most importantly it makes life worth living. So, enjoy this time with your family to build a strong bond.
4. HIIT it
Rather than spending hours on the treadmill, try the High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, that has proven to be much more effective in boosting metabolism than regular steady-state cardio. The concept of HIIT is to work out intensely for short periods of time followed by short periods of rest for 10 to 20 minutes. The idea is to complete an intense round of workout within 20 minutes that might have taken an hour in a typical gym session. The best part is that you can do HIIT at home for free using only bodyweight exercises. Explore the latest sensation in HIIT workouts: The Tabata Torture
5. Replace your morning coffee or tea with green tea
If you are serious about weight loss, you definitely want to make this simple yet highly powerful change in lifestyle. Initially, you might need some time to get used to the taste but with time you’ll enjoy it. Plus, there are many different flavors of green tea available in the market now, so take your pick. Green tea is abundant in antioxidant catechins that have been proven to speed up metabolism by 4% and burn fat faster by more than 15%. So, do not miss out on this miracle drink.
6. The miracle food – Grapefruit
Another simple yet highly effective way to improve metabolism is to include grapefruit in your diet. Grapefruit helps in reducing the body’s insulin levels speed up metabolism and trigger weight loss. Eat one or half a grapefruit every day before your meals for best results. Related: Egg and Grape Fruit Diet Plan
7. Gorge on Dark Chocolate
Here’s some good news if you are actively looking to lose weight but miss those delicious deserts. Numerous studies have shown that eating about 0.1 lb of dark chocolate daily can considerably aid in improving your metabolism. Actually, the dark chocolate helps in controlling the levels of stress hormone, cortisol, that deters anxiety and stress. This helps the body to remain calm and balanced to continue its operations with optimum efficiency and metabolic rate.
8. Do not skip breakfast
According to researchers at the University of Alberta, eating breakfast has a direct impact on raising your metabolism. Having a hearty breakfast that is rich in protein, fat, and carbs can boost your metabolism by 10%! Related: Replace your breakfast with these Super Smoothies and burn belly fat like a furnace.
9. Eat Seaweed
Well it is well known that Green tea is highly beneficial for weight loss and detoxification, but there is one more kid in the block. The Emerald-hued plant works even better for weight loss and improving metabolism. Fucoxanthin is the key here, this is what gives the seaweed its green color and it is the reason for its weight loss benefits. Researchers at Hokkaido University have proven that fucoxanthin promotes fat burning within fat cells in white adipose tissue by increasing the expression of thermogenin. People with low metabolic rate and poor response to medication should try fucoxanthin in combination of green tea.
10. Lose weight by fighting gravity
Working out by lifting weights has a drastic impact on improving your metabolism because the body even after a workout has to continue functioning to build and repair muscles. And, this is true for both men and women – so no excuses. Do include weight-training in your workout routine. Related: 10 Calorie Torching Tabata Workouts for Beginners
11. Keep it spicy in the bedroom
Sex is a great exercise along with a great emotional stabilizer. It not only helps improve your metabolism but also is a pleasurable way to lose fat. And, while you are at it try being on top for as long as possible as it gives your body the maximum workout. In a research, Yale University found that having regular sex (usually on top) had a direct impact on improving an individual’s metabolism by 5-15%.
12. Don’t miss out on nuts
While we are on the topic of sex, make sure you include another important aspect of boosting your metabolism in your daily routine – Nuts! Nuts, such as cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc. are a terrific source of magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids that increase metabolism while giving you a quick energy boost. However, take care of your allergies first and if you can eat then also eat them in moderation as they are high in calories.
13. Walk 1,000 steps before going to bed
Never go to bed straight after having dinner. Ideally, you should give your body at least a 2 to 3 hour-break from your last meal before going to bed. During this period, ensure that you take a leisurely long-walk. The walk helps in speeding up your metabolism and prevents the muscles from stiffening. Additionally, the walk clears your mind and reduces anxiety to calm your body and organs. It is a great way to end the day and ensuring an undisturbed sleep for the night. There you go! You just discovered 13 simple yet highly effective ways to boost your metabolism and burn fat quickly. However, a word of warning – just knowing how to lose weight isn’t going to help you shed that unwanted fat. To change something about our lives, we have to make necessary changes that propel us toward a more healthy and positive lifestyle. Try these 13 ways to give your body a healthy boost and speed up on your weight-loss journey. Do share with us your turnaround story below in the comments section and we’ll make sure to post it as a feature story!