Aging is something we can’t avoid, no matter how hard we try. As we age we notice that our bodies start to look different. Gravity takes its toll, spots begin to appear, but what we may be paying more attention to is our metabolism. Our metabolism slows down and even when we feel like we’re eating the same amount we did 5 years ago, our body shows something a little different. But aging isn’t all bad and out of the many things we can beat, slowing metabolism is one of the biggest. Not to mention that many of the ways you can speed up your metabolism are all natural.
You can’t avoid the effects of aging on your metabolism but you can help speed up your metabolism naturally and safely when it happens.
If you want to boost your metabolic rate green tea is your friend. Evidence has shown that the antioxidant polyphenols and catechins in green tea can speed up your metabolism. How it all works is simple. Catechins improve thermogenesis, fat oxidation and the production of heat in your body through the digestion process. All you need to get this all to work is to drink three cups of green tea per day and your metabolism will increase by 10%.
Protein is really good for your body in general but it’s also a guaranteed way to speed up your metabolism. The essential amino acids will help you preserve and grow muscle, keep your bones healthy, and balance blood sugar levels. But the most important aspect of protein is that it takes a long time for your body to break down. While it provides energy, it takes energy to burn. This is a great tool to help aid your metabolism and lose weight.
Lose the Fat, Gain Muscle
It’s true that muscle weighs more than fat but on the bright side, it burns more calories than fat as well. A great way to speed up your metabolism is to replace your fat with muscle. If you replace one pound of fat with one pound of muscle, you’ll lose six more calories per day per pound. Even if you’re not wanting to work out regularly, simple bursts of activity would help. Go for a jog daily or do a set of squats randomly. Those bursts of exertion will raise your body temperature and your metabolism will work harder to fuel your muscles.
Breakfast is Important
Want to help jumpstart your metabolism every day? Have breakfast. The National Weight Control Registry has an ongoing study that tracks 5,000 people that lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for over five years. Out of those people in the study, 78% of them never miss breakfast.
Water is Also Important
Studies have proven that if you drink two tall glasses of water per day for a span of three months, an average of 15 pounds could be lost. The study also shows that it takes about 1.5 liters a day would burn 17,400 calories over a year. If you stick to that idea and drink water consistently throughout the day you will increase your metabolic rate. Of course, staying hydrated is important in any case.
Spice Things Up
It’s been proven that capsaicin can speed up your metabolism, and eating a tablespoon of green chilies or red chilies will increase your body heat. Spicy foods, in general, can burn up to 100 calories immediately after consumption. Adding that tablespoon of chilies to your meal is very easy and very helpful for your metabolism.
Fish is always a good choice for a meal and salmon is even better. Salmon comes with natural anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the Omega-3 fatty acids. The Omega-3 will help improve the efficiency of your metabolism, prevent cravings and slow digestion so you feel full longer.
Study after study has shown that sitting for long periods of time is not good for your health, posture, and growth. While you may be under the assumption that you need to get to the gym to fix that or go for a run, you don’t. Of course, going to the gym and working out is healthier but all you need is to stand up. Standing and going for a walk around your office can burn about 142 calories per hour. All you need to do is stand and go for a walk.
Organic foods, fruits, grains, and vegetables that are grown without pesticides increase the rate your body burns fat. Nonorganic products have been known to block your metabolism by interfering with the thyroid which is your body’s thermostat. Whenever you can replace nonorganic with organic while shopping for groceries. Every little bit will help.
Stress is always bad and can cause your metabolism to slow down. When the body produces stress hormones known as cortisol, those hormones promote food storage and cause you to gain weight. Reduce stress levels as much as possible to help lose weight, and relieve some of the work your metabolism needs to do in the first place.