There is one thing every person dreads when they are dieting and trying to lose weight: the dreaded “plateau,” that in-between stage after you’ve shed about 15-20 pounds, and then all of a sudden, it stops. But you can outsmart your body by jacking up your metabolism which will give your body the boost it needs to keep shedding those extra pounds. Give these tips and techniques a try to get yourself in gear! But make sure to check with your doctor or medical professional before trying any new diets, supplements or exercise routines!
1. Feast On Fish
If you enjoy fish, you’re in luck. Getting your Omega-3′s from fish that are rich in fatty acid (tuna, salmon and herring) help to level out your blood sugar, as well as helping to reduce inflammation, which is helpful in balancing out your metabolism.
2. Go Green (Tea)
Tea is one of nature’s most comforting and yummiest treats. Whether you like to curl up with a nice warm cuppa, or prefer yours iced, green tea is one of the best teas for you, from it’s incredible antioxidant properties, to new evidence showing that an ingredient in green tea can crank up your metabolism by improving fat oxidation and help you shed those pesky pounds.
3. Water, Water Everywhere!
Even though it may sound repetitive, dietitians are onto something when they tell you to keep hydrated throughout the day by drinking water. By doing so, you are keeping your body in tip-top shape so it can perform at it’s very best.
4. Here Comes The Sun
Research studies have shown that when you spend long periods of time inside around a dark and dank environment, your body will perform as though in hibernation, and will stimulate the same physiological function as gaining weight or sleeping. Peak daylight hours for soaking up some rays are between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
5. Begin With Breakfast
Experts say that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. Especially when it comes to losing weight. When you eat breakfast in the morning, you are giving yourself an extra boost. Nutrient rich foods like berries with almonds, eggs, and oatmeal are great for giving your metabolism an extra shot of energy in the morning.
6. Munch Throughout The Day
Yes, you can snack throughout the day and not feel guilty! When you munch on healthy snacks throughout the day, you are curbing your hunger, therefore reducing the intake of extra calories later on. It also helps to keep your blood sugar levels regulated. So go ahead, snag a snack!
7. Get Plenty Of Rest
When you’re not getting enough sleep, every part of your body suffers, even your metabolism. When you are sleep-deprived, your body begins to stimulate your appetite-producing hormone, which can lead to overeating and a sluggish metabolism. Get your beauty rest!
8. The Spice Of Life
Heat up your meals, rev up your metabolism! Work in some spicy foods like hot sauce, wasabi, hot peppers and salsa, which have been shown to stimulate your metabolism for hours after you have finished a meal. They also improve your mood, too!
9. Indulge In Dark Chocolate
This is one delectable way to jump start your weight loss! Dark chocolate contains two ingredients that rev up your metabolism, caffeine and the antioxidant catechin. It’s important to stick to one square a day though, so the calories and sugar in the chocolate don’t outweigh the benefits of the chocolate.
10. Cinnamon Sprinkles
Cinnamon isn’t just a spice used in holiday cooking anymore! When you sprinkle cinnamon over healthy foods like oatmeal, whole grain toast, or even in your tea, you’re giving your body and your metabolism the extra pep it needs!
11. Go Nutty
Now and again, we all just want a crunchy snack to satisfy our cravings. While potato chips and other salty snacks are off limits, not all crunchy snacks are. Indulging in nuts is a tasty way to get that metabolism going while enjoying a delicious and healthy snack!
12. Get Enough Exercise
Getting as much exercise as you can is a great way to jump-start your weight loss. But it’s best to do aerobic exercises in the morning, that way you’ll be feeling the burn all day long, meaning that your metabolism is functioning at high-speed, too!
13. Get Your B Vitamins
Making sure you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients are an important part of any diet. So, if you feel yourself losing some energy, make sure to get some B-Vitamins in you, they’ll give you the pep and energy you’re lacking so you can get back in the game to rev that metabolism up!
14. Chill Out
On any given day, the normal temperature of our bodies is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Research has shown that if we drink 2 glasses of ice-cold water a day, our bodies will work hard to bring our internal temperature back to the normal range, thus burning extra calories and boosting our metabolism!
15. Opt For Organic
When we indulge in processed foods, the chemicals contained in them have a tendency to interfere with our bodies basic metabolic functions. By sticking to organic fresh fruit and vegetables, you can keep your body balanced out!
16. You Can Have Coffee!
As it turns out, you don’t have to skip your morning pick-me-up! In small doses, caffeine has been shown to actually increase metabolism and help to burn those extra pesky calories.
17. Curb That Cocktail
If you’re thinking about having a quick drink before your meal, you may want to rethink that. Research has found that drinking alcohol before a meal can cause a person to eat an extra 200 calories on average. If you are craving a cocktail, wine is a better choice, at around only 80 calories a glass.
18. Milk Your Metabolism
Don’t ditch the dairy just yet! It has been found that women who consume low-fat dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt lose up to 70% more body fat than the women who chose not to eat dairy. A delicious way to drop the pounds, indeed!
19. Weight Train
As we age, our resting metabolic rate can decrease over time. One way to get it going and increase it is to weight train. A pound of fat can burn more than five times the calories a pound of fat can. So grab those weights!
20. Rev Up Your Routine During PMS
It may feel tempting to curl up into a ball with your heating bad and a good book during PMS, but according to new research done by the University of Adelaide in Australia, women burn up to 30% more fat during the two weeks after ovulation. Take advantage of that awesome find and burn some extra calories when you can.
21. Bring On The Beans
Beans are a protein-rich food, along with avocados, asparagus, spinach, tofu and more. Noshing on these foods will get your metabolism raring and ready to go.
22. Stress Less
Stress plays an indirect role in contributing to a slower metabolism. If you are stressed most of the time, you are more likely to develop chronic conditions, which in turn would cause you to lack the energy to be physically active, which is imperative for a fast metabolism.
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