Natural Health

Natural Ways to Boost your Metabolism

Have you ever wondered why some people may eat whatever they want and whenever they want and never gain any extra pound? The answer is connected to a secret engine of our body called metabolism. Metabolism is the ability of our organism to burn calories during all 24 hours of the day.

Generally the speed of the metabolism depends on the genetics. But such factors as age, gender, lifestyle, nutrition also play a role. It is known that men tend to burn calories faster than women and that metabolism slows down after the age of 40. But there are some natural ways to trick your metabolism and make it work more intensively whatever age and gender you are. Here are some tips on how to boost your metabolism naturally.

Don’t forget about breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However many people skip it because they think they don’t want and don’t need it, or because of the busy schedule. This is a great mistake. You need something your body may start the day with; it will give a first push to your metabolism to work more intensively after a night slowing down. Don’t think that skipping breakfast will help you to lose weight; otherwise it has been proven that without breakfast you may gain extra pounds more easily.

Spice it Up

Another way to stimulate your metabolism is to spice your food. There are some chemical compounds in spicy foods that give a great and powerful push to the metabolism and speed it up with a high rate. Of course these stimuli can’t be long lasting but if you add spices like red chilly to your dishes regularly it may help. Cinnamon is considered to be another spice that is a powerful metabolism booster. But be careful, don’t overdose.

Drink more Water

Scientists state that our body needs water to process calories in a right way. When we are dehydrated our metabolism starts to slow down. So try to drink a glass of water (unsweetened) before every meal to stimulate the work of your body. Additionally you may add some ice to your drink because ice in the stomach hits it up and as a result boosts metabolism.

Drink Coffee and Green Tea

Coffee is a magic metabolism stimulator because we can say that it has an immediate effect. So if you are a coffee drinker you are lucky. In fact may be the reason of your addiction to it and the feeling of awakening after taking it is the result of a metabolic activeness.

Talking about green tea the recent research has shown that if you take 2 – 3 cups of tea a day your body is able to burn 17% of calories more than without it. Except caffeine it also contains catechins. Together they are able to rev up your metabolism greatly.

Include proteins to your diet

It has been proven that with eating more proteins on a regular base more fats are burned and you will lose weight. It happens because proteins release the hormone glucagon which makes fats release into blood and be processed there. Such products as egg whites, low-fat cheese, lean meats, fish, turkey, white meat chicken, tofu, nuts, beans, and low-fat dairy products are rich in healthy proteins.

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