Does your New Year’s Resolution include losing a few pounds? Below is a list of seven great tips from WebMD on how to boost your metabolism and burn calories the healthy way.
- Step up your workout – Make sure you’re allowing yourself a high intensity workout at least three days a week. Walking around the gym lifting a few weights will not do the job, but getting that heart rate going and pushing yourself with more aerobic exercise will. Try going to a high intensity aerobic class or include short bursts of jogging during your morning walks.
- Drink lots of water – Water is necessary to process food in your body. If you are dehydrated, your metabolism will slow down. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and replace pretzels and chips with fruits and vegetables.
- Eat more often – Yes you heard me right, eat more often! When you eat large meals and nothing in between, your metabolism will again, slow down. A long as your choosing healthier foods, studies have proven that eating 3-4 times a day with healthy snacks in between keeps your metabolism going.
- Eat spicy foods – Spicy foods rev up your metabolism into high gear. If you only eat spicy foods (a spice level within reason) once in a while you’ll only receive a short-term effect. But, if you make it a habit to eat spicy foods, the effect will become more long-term and continuous.
- Add ice – An ice-cold drink will help your body burn more calories. According to WebMD, research has shown that 5-6 glasses of ice water will rev up your metabolism and allow you to burn nearly 10 calories a day.
- Eat plenty of protein - When the body digests protein, it uses more energy as it does for fat and/or carbohydrates. If you eat a boat load of carbs, try replacing some carbs with lean, protein-rich foods. These can jump-start the metabolism at mealtime. Lean beef, turkey, fish, white meat chicken, tofu, nuts, eggs, and low-fat dairy products are all high in protein.
- Avoid crash diets – Diets that include eating less than 1,000 calories a day are disastrous for anyone looking to speed up their metabolism. These diets may help you drop pounds but they also help you lose a high percentage of muscle. When your muscle mass is low, your metabolism is slow.
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