Posted: Jan 10 2017
Is one of your resolutions to get healthier this year? Now this could mean a number of things - going to gym more often, eating more vegetables, cutting down on sweets, etc. But for most people, losing weight seems to be at the top of the list. By boosting your metabolism, you'll be able to sleep better, have more energy, and lose weight. A faster metabolism will mean more calories burned, which will lead to weight loss. Here are a few ways to speed up your metabolism:
This one is a bit of a no-brainer but drink more water, especially before each meal and it'll keep you from overeating. Also, a study found that drinking water can boost your metabolism by 30%!
Create shorter but more intense workouts and your body will burn fat faster. An Australian study showed that participants who did sprint workouts vs. steady cardio lost 3x more body fat!
Don't Starve Yourself
There's a misconception that by starving yourself, you'll lose weight. Sure, cutting calories is a way to lose weight, but once you starve yourself, your metabolism will slow down drastically.
Keep your stomach happy with small meals throughout the day. These smaller meals will keep your metabolism humming and will control your blood sugar.
Eat More Protein
Try eating 30 g of protein at each meal. The protein will help build and maintain your muscle mass. By building more muscle mass, you'll be able to burn more calories, even at rest.
Kickstart your metabolism when you first wake up. Studies show that women who skip meals are 4.5X likely to become obese. Grab a yogurt, eat an omelet or an oatmeal!
Choose Organic Produce
Chemicals found in pesticides have been shown to slow down metabolism and found that the toxic chemicals interfere with the fat-burning process. Try to choose organic when buying apples, peaches, bell peppers, strawberries, celery, cherries, pears, nectarines, lettuce, and imported grapes.
Get 8 Hours of Sleep
Sleeping for less than 8 hours will throw off the hormones that regulate energy and appetite. Researchers found that people who slept less than 7.5 hours a night had an increase in their BMI, so try to get to sleep early!