Trust me, I’ve heard the expression “easier said than done” before. There are a lot of factors that might be stacked against you: genetics, age, a desk job, etc. But if you learn the tricks, it CAN be easy!
Pursue a high-protein diet.
Your body breaks down fats, carbs, and proteins during digestion. Of those three, proteins require the most energy to digest by a long shot. And what does your body do when it needs more energy? It burns more calories.
Turn off the AC!
Yep, you read correctly – calories are burned to warm you up and cool you down. If your environment isn’t regulated by a heating/cooling system, your body will work hard to restore itself to equilibrium. Being cold can boost your metabolism by up to 20%! As a matter of fact, you could even encourage this process by drinking an ice-cold glass of water. Your body expends energy to heat the water up for absorption.
Get your 8 hours.
Believe it or not, a consistent sleep routine that gives your body at least eight consecutive hours of rest will help your body control certain hormones that influence appetite. According to a study by Stanford University and University of Wisconsin academics, people with shorter sleep schedules have reduced levels of leptin (a hormone that regulates fat storage) and increased ghrelin (a hormone that boosts appetite).
Don’t skip meals.
Your logic might tell you that the less you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, so skipping a meal or two is a good thing. Wrong. Your metabolism works best when it is stimulated throughout the day. When you skip meals, your body enters starvation mode and will store fats and calories instead of burning them. While eating several small meals per day is recommended, keep in mind that these meals should be nutritious and low-fat.
Stimulate the thyroid – with VITAMINS!
Vitamins B-2 and B-6 assist the thyroid, which determines metabolic rate.
According to a study by Dr. James Levine published in the New England Journal of Medicine, gum chewing increases energy expenditure and led to weight loss.
You’ve heard this one a thousand times…Exercise!
So far, this list has made things pretty easy for you: sweat more, sleep more, don’t skip meals, and chew calorie-free gum. However, don’t forget that an active lifestyle and regular abdominal workout exercises will boost your metabolism tremendously, increase your abdominal muscle mass and reduce your body fat. Remember, your body burns calories for at least two hours after workout session to repair torn muscle tissue. Frequent (3-4 times per week at least), intense workouts are recommended.