Ok, you’re probably tired of hearing how drinking water is good for this and good for that, but in terms of speeding up your metabolism, water indeed does the trick. Not only does it stimulate digestion, it can actually stimulate weight loss. Drinking water can increase your metabolic rate up to 30% for the next hour or so, which will help you burn more calories, faster. Plus, drinking water before meals reduces your appetite, automatically reducing your calorie intake.
Spice it up
You may not be a gym-nut, but you too should “love the burn”… in your food! Capsaicin, the main component in chilli peppers (include all kinds of spicy peppers here, in fresh or ground form) is like a gas pedal for your metabolism. Eating spicy foods stimulates digestion and slightly numbs up your appetite, but most importantly, it gives your body a boost to burn more calories, faster.
Load up on protein
You may be tempted to avoid eggs and meat when you’re on a diet, but the truth is that protein is what sets your metabolism in motion and turns fat into muscle. Your body will burn more calories, faster throughout the day if you have a hard-boiled egg and some goat cheese for breakfast. Also, unless you’re a vegetarian, you can also add some lean meat to your diet, such as chicken or turkey, without all the added greasy and salty sauces, of course. Eating more protein will also prompt you to eat fewer calories the rest of the day.
Get plenty of sleep…
Not as in spend all day in bed, but a good night’s sleep can do miracles for your health and overall demeanour. Believe it or not, your body actually burns calories while you’re asleep, so not getting enough sleep can actually cause imbalances in your metabolism. That is why you should eat at least 2 hours before you go to bed, so that your body isn’t busy digesting instead of keeping you in shape.
… and enjoy your coffee the next morning!
Your morning cup of coffee does more than make you feel more alert after you’ve woken up. The caffeine in it stimulates blood low and heart rhythm, which in turn encourage your body to burn more calories, faster. Coffee also contains powerful antioxidants, and along with the caffeine, they make a fast and efficient calorie-busting team. The same goes for green tea, which contains smaller amounts of caffeine (often referred to as theine, which is the same thing), but more antioxidants.