Your metabolism is the amount of energy your body burns. When trying to lose weight (or maintain your weight while eating more food!) a great place to start is to increase your metabolism. This essentially means that your body is burning more energy every day, which can really help with weight loss!
Here are 5 ways you can do this.
Drink lots of cold water! How easy is that!? Research has shown that people who drink 8 glasses of water per day have a higher metabolism than those who only drink 4. You can further increase the effect by drinking the water cold as when you do this energy is transferred from your body to the cold water to warm it up, and this effectively burns calories!
Drink green tea. There is a chemical in green tea called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which is believed to increase your metabolism by increasing fat burning. Although the effects are greatest when drinking as much as 10 cups per day, some studies have shown that even 2 cups can have a significant effect.
Eat spicy food! The compound in chilli, capsaicin, has also been shown to increase your metabolism, and you don’t need to eat much chilli to see the effect. In one study participants who ate 1g of red pepper with their meal burned more calories after the meal than those who didn’t eat any red pepper with their meal.
Eat iron-rich foods. Women’s iron stores run low when they have their period each month, and this indirectly causes your metabolism to decrease. To combat this, increase your intake of red meat and leafy, green vegetables during this time!
Lift heavy weights! When you lift weights you are breaking down your muscle and encouraging it to re-grow stronger than it was before. The muscle re-building process requires a lot of energy and research has shown that your metabolism can stay increased for up to 3 days after weight lifting!!
So there you go. Although when looking to lose weight the most important things to consider are your overall calorie intake and the types of food you are eating, these tips may hopefully help make the process a little easier! Just think – a slight increase in your metabolism each day can add up to significant weight loss over a year!