The summer is….almost here. And you need officially declare war on that stubborn fat. One of the key ways or burning more calories throughout the day is to raise your metabolism. Lets look at some interesting ways of doing this:
Metabolism Tip #1: Eat More Spices
According to the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, eating certain spices leads to a temporary metabolism spike of about 23 percent. This doesn’t mean that you should go to your local Indian restaurant and eat extra spicy food.
Simply take your regular, healthy meals and turn them from bland to hot. Give them some flavor. You’ll not only enjoy your foods more, but you’ll also burn a few extra calories along the way (while you eat).
Metabolism Tip #2: Drink some Coffee
A study published in Physiology and Behavior found that individuals who drink caffeinated coffee increased their metabolism rate by 16 percent. So not only does coffee wake you up in the morning, it also boosts your metabolic rate.
The way this works is that coffee actually stimulates your central nervous system by increasing your heart rate and breathing. It’s almost like your working out! But don’t overdo coffee. There are also some down sides to excessive coffee consumption.
Metabolism Tip #3: Consume Iron
Iron is important. Iron helps carry oxygen to your muscles. If your muscles don’t get enough oxygen, your energy levels fall, and your workouts suffer. Your metabolic rate suffers as well. Women lose a lot of iron during their periods each month.
So eat iron. When you hit the grocery stores search for iron-fortified products. Eat more beans, spinach, and broccoli.
Metabolism Tip #4: Eat More Fat
I’m talking about Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These healthy fats tell your brain that you’re full, meaning you’ll feel fuller, longer. You can get healthy fats from a variety of sources including fish, nuts, and olive oil.
Metabolism Tip #5: Grab some Green Tea
A recent study showed that individuals who drank 3-5 cups of green tea per day for 12 weeks lost 4.6 percent of their bodyweight. Other studies indicated drinking two to four cups of green tea per day may help burn up to an extra 50 calories.
50 calories may not seem like a lot, but when you’re trying to burn off stubborn fat, every little bit helps. You can drink your coffee in the morning, and green tea later in the day during lunch.
Metabolism Tip #6: Stay Away from Contaminated Foods
I’m talking about going organic. Now, in recent years, many companies have been putting “organic” labels on their products that aren’t really organic. That means you need to do your research. Stores such as Whole Foods are a good place to start.
You don’t need to make a full, 100% transition to organic food. Eating clean in general helps a lot. Think of your body as an engine. You don’t want to put junk oil into that engine. You want the best stuff to make it work as smoothly as possible.
Make these simply tips to your nutrition and you’ll start to notice some decent fat loss within a few weeks. Combine these tips with a solid training program, and you’re on your way to achieving your goals.