(HealthyAccess)- Boosting your metabolism could help you increase your energy reserves so you don’t feel sluggish or hit a lull during the day. It’s a popular belief that a faster metabolism is related to weight loss. Whatever the case, more energy to get through the day is something most of us need.
Fortunately, there are ways to naturally rev your metabolic engine so you don’t have to spend tons of money on supplements or pills. Here are five hot tips for naturally boosting your metabolism.
1. Eat Protein
The thermic effect of food (TEF) can increase your metabolism as extra calories are burned to actually digest and absorb food eaten. Protein has the highest rate of TEF. Plus, protein can help you feel fuller faster, which means you’re less likely to overeat. Foods high in protein include eggs, lean meats, oats, soy, and even Greek yogurt.
2. Exercise Regularly
Exercise requires energy, which means regular exercise causes regular increases in metabolism. In particular, high intensity workouts, strength training, and even standing up when you’ve been sitting for too long can help boost metabolism.
3. Drink Green Tea, Coffee, and Water
Staying hydrated is key to a healthy life, and water is great for making sure your metabolism runs smoothly. Drinking plenty of water everyday is helpful, but some studies also show that you might get a small, brief metabolic boost from drinks like green tea and coffee.
4. Sleep Well
Lack of sleep can cause the release of hormones that may make a person feel hungrier (ghrelin), while reducing the hormone (leptin) that gives people the sense of feeling full. Moreover, studies show that poor sleep habits can have negative effects on metabolism and are linked to obesity. If you struggle with sleep, practicing a regular sleep schedule can help get your metabolism back on track.
5. Use Coconut Oil
Replacing regular cooking oils, which are high in long-chain fats, with coconut oil can help boost your metabolism by increasing your intake of medium-chain fats. Medium-chain fats appear to increase metabolism better than long-chain fats. It might help to switch out the usual cooking oils with coconut oil now and again.
While a faster metabolism might help your body convert energy from food at a faster rate than normal, it won’t necessarily help you with weight loss on its own. Rather, lifestyle choices like maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise are recommended.
Still, you can naturally rev up your engine and burn more calories, which may boost your energy throughout the day. Your daily lifestyle choices can change the way your body burns fat–and that’s good news for your weight loss goals.
~Here’s to a Happier, Healthier Life!
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