With all the talk about metabolism, can we trick our bodies to burn calories more efficiently? Apparently we can!
People with high metabolism burn more calories that those with low metabolism. Because every time we eat, our bodies rely on the energy provided by the metabolism of the calories we consume. The enzymes in our body’s cells break down the food and turn it into that energy that also keeps our heart beating, our mind thinking, and our legs moving. The more calories we burn, the easier it is to lose those unwanted pounds. And guess what—there are tricks to making the metabolism work harder, all day and night, 24 hours a day.
Eat your breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up
You know that eating breakfast is important but don’t wait too long before you eat. If you do, your body goes into starvation mode and slows down your metabolism to save the energy. What to eat? Egg white omelet with green veggies or a half cup of cooked steel-cut oatmeal with berries are your best bets.
That’s right! Hit the gym a couple times a week and make sure you do the weights and you will reverse 50% of the metabolism slow-down that comes with aging. Muscle weighs more than fat and uses more energy and strength training increases your resting metabolism by 100 calories per day.
Eat your Omega-3s
Eating fish not only balances blood sugar and reduces inflammation, it helps to regulate metabolism. Omega 3 supplements, flaxseed oil and walnuts work just as well.
Drink Green Tea
Studies have shown that those who drink green tea have higher metabolism because of an active ingredient, called catechin.
Work Out Less Intensity
Of course, intense weight training and cardio exercise will burn calories and build lean mass, but it is the steady and consistent workouts that will ultimately speed up your metabolism. For best fat burning results with your cardio, alternate intense bouts with a continual moderate pace, otherwise known as steady state cardio.
If you don’t want to spend more on buying organic fruits and veggies, this may change your mind. Pesticide-free produce keeps your fat-burning system burning all the time because they don’t expose your thyroid to toxins. Thyroid is your body’s thermostat and determines how fast it runs. Also your thyroid is extremely sensitive and can be damaged easily by many factors, most specifically toxins.
Drink Your Water Cold
Researchers say that people who drink 8 to 12 glasses of water per day had higher metabolism than those who drank only 4 glasses. And make sure you drink your water cold. Your body has to work harder to heat that water to your core temperature.
Spice Up Your Meals
Not everyone likes it hot, but studies show that certain spicy foods can boost your metabolism. Try to use red peppers, cayenne, jalapenos, habaneros, and tabasco in your recipes. Another perk: the active ingredient, capsaicin, found in those foods, may also work to decrease appetite centers in your brain. And ginger is another special ingredient: it’s great for your digestion but it also increases your body temperature and metabolic rates as much as 20 percent after eating.
What?!? Acupuncture? Isn’t that for dirty hippies? Yep. The 240lb human tank is telling you to get acupuncture to optimize your metabolism. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have treatments for the spleen channel which in Chinese medicine rules digestion and energy. Trust me, Acupuncture works. Do it! Here’s my acupuncturist.