This is good news, because once you know that, you know that it’s not entirely up to genetics anymore. You know that there are quite a few things that you can do in order to rev up your metabolism and make sure you’re burning as much fat as possible.
Today, I want to talk about some easy methods that you can try right now to make sure your metabolism is going as fast as you can make it go, so you can shed those few extra pounds with very little effort.
A Big Breakfast
You might have heard the mantra that goes “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and today I want to try to explain just how much truth there is in that saying. Not only is a big, balanced breakfast very important for regulating your blood sugar and preventing cravings, but studies have even shown that it is essential for speeding up your metabolism in the morning.
This is because your digestive system has spent the last eight to ten hours resting, and from an evolutionary perspective, it doesn’t know when to expect food. So the sooner you give it some food, the sooner it will be able to start the entire process of digestion and kick-start your metabolism – otherwise it really doesn’t need to.
Lots of Water
We all kind of know this one, but not a lot of us actually adhere to it daily. Drinking a lot of water is essential for all your bodily processes, but I bet you didn’t know that drinking more than 6 cups of water per day can make you burn up to 50 more calories. That means you’ll be able to shed 5 extra pounds per year without doing anything else – just drinking more water.
By upping your water intake, you’ll also be able to get rid of all the toxins that might be residing in your body, whether it’s from eating too much processed foods or sugar or anything else, which will also ultimately contribute to a faster metabolism because of regulated insulin levels.
Caffeine is getting sort of a bad rep lately, but the truth is that when taken in moderation, it can actually be a healthy addition to our diets, and help us burn more fat by increasing the speed of our metabolism.
When you ingest caffeine, a myriad of small reactions instantly go off in your body, ultimately leading to increased blood flow throughout your body and brain, giving you a jolt of energy and speeding up your metabolism by as much as 5% to 8%.
If you choose to get your caffeine from green tea instead of coffee, certain scientists claim that (due to the antioxidant activity that tea offers) you can actually get a 12% boost, although this is still speculation among researchers.
Protein is the primary building block of our bodies, and our bodies need quite a bit of it in order to maintain all our muscle mass. Additionally, having more protein than usual can significantly rev up your metabolism by a whopping 35% after a high-protein meal.
Fortunately, protein is pretty easy to get as it’s located in a large number of foods – nuts, lean meats, leafy greens, eggs, the list goes on. As an additional bonus, protein is much harder for our bodies to metabolize into fats than carbs are, and they’re much more filling than carbs are so you don’t really have to worry about having too much of them.
Not many people know that fiber is actually a type of sugar that the body can’t actually digest, but ironically enough, it’s essential that we get enough of it for our digestive system to work properly.
The good part is that fiber basically has no calories because it’s not actually processed by the body, just eventually expelled. However, it significantly contributes to a healthy, fast metabolism and can actually speed up your fat burn by almost 35%.Fiber is located in plant foods, especially leafy greens, oats, lentils and split peas.
Hopefully these tips will aid you in burning off those extra pounds in the most natural way possible, and more importantly, improve your overall health so they never come back. Throw in some moderate exercise, and before you know it you’ll be sporting the body you’ve always dreamed off. Good luck!