How to increase your metabolism to lose weight FAST
If you're trying to lose weight, you know the hardest part is having patience. Now that you've finally made the decision to drop the weight, you want to do it quickly. Those new jeans are calling your name and you're anxious to see how you look in them--without those extra pounds poking out over the top.
But if you're determined to lose weight in a healthy way, you know it's going to take some time. Plus, you want to keep the weight off and that's more apt to happen if you lose it in a slow, healthy way. However, there is one healthy way to speed up your weight loss: By kicking your metabolism into high gear you can speed up the weight loss process and not compromise your health. Read on to find out how!
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When your metabolism is in high gear you'll feel better and have a higher energy level. The added bonus is; you'll also burn calories quicker. But how do you accomplish this?
Start your day off right by always eating breakfast. This gives your metabolism a kick start first thing in the morning. Obviously, this doesn't mean a jelly donut. The way we eat is often the opposite of what is best for our body. We start the day with refined carbohydrates that cause a crash by mid-morning. Then we eat protein late in the evening right before we go to bed.
Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Eat some protein for breakfast with a healthy fat and a complex carbohydrate. Have a slice of turkey and avocado on some whole grain bread. Oatmeal with a little fruit is also good. These foods won't spike your sugar level so you won't crash in an hour or two. They digest slowly so you'll feel full longer.
Drink lots of cold water. Staying hydrated provides a host of health benefits. Drinking it cold means your body burns a few calories heating it to your body temperature. Make sure you get your 8 to 12 glasses of water every day. It will help you feel full and keep your metabolism going strong.
Speaking of healthy drinks, green tea is another good option. The ECGC plant compound helps to burn fat faster.
Spice up your life with some hot chili peppers. Eating a tablespoon of chopped red peppers can boost your metabolism up to 23 percent. Sprinkle a few on your salad or into a homemade salsa.
Eat your veggies. Especially dark green leafy vegetables such as bok choy and spinach. These help increase your iron intake which is extra important during your monthly periods.
What about supplements? Fish oil capsules combined with exercise help to get your fat burning enzymes working harder. Eating fish like salmon and tuna that are high in omega-3 fatty acids help do the same thing.
And speaking of exercise--you knew I'd get here eventually so this is no surprise!. Exercise is necessary to boost your metabolism and keep it going strong. Instead of long, steady cardio workouts use some interval training techniques. Do short cycles of intense training such as jogging quickly on a treadmill for two minutes and then slowing down to walk for one minute. The intense bouts of intense exercise will send your metabolism into overdrive.
Another important factor is to get your eight hours of sleep every night. When you don't get enough sleep your levels of leptin and ghrelin -- which regulate your hunger and energy -- are throw out of balance. So don't skimp on sleep.
Finally, avoid trying to increase your metabolism with coffee or other caffeinated drinks. Though this may give you a temporary boost; you'll crash in an hour. This does nothing to increase your metabolism long term and causes other health problems.
Burning those pounds off can happen quicker if you know to increase your metabolism in healthy ways. You'll be in those jeans even sooner than you expected.
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