Foods That Will Help Boost Your Metabolism

· 22nd May 2015

If a slow metabolism runs in your family, you might be thinking that you’re stuck with that slow metabolism for your whole life. Wrong! Fanning the flames of your metabolism can be achieved by following some simple rules. We’re gonna love telling you about the most effective methods in this article.

So you can trick your body into burning more calories while you rest. If you aren’t already in the gym or park a couple of times a week running or strength-training, you won’t be able to reverse 50% of that seemingly inevitable slow down that comes with age, and, well, families. Hit the club and drink water, join a zumba class or take out that dusty bike, and you’ll be well on your way to a new body. And whatsmore, your body will keep on burning through fat and energy while you’re sleeping later.

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So let’s make it official: every time you run, swim or even walk, you’re speeding up your metabolism. However, turning up the intensity of your workouts – even if that means a yoga class – is the key to making great progress. If you’re not really into exercise for the sake of exercising, try getting off the bus a stop earlier or dancing for 5 minutes in your bedroom to your favourite music. You can exercise and enjoy it, it’s just a case of being creative. Every time you do it, you’ll be improving your situation and setting a great example for others.

Drink a lot of water

Ok, so when we say water, that means herbal teas, too. Add lemon juice for a super hydrating, metabolism boosting, thirst quenching beverage.

Studies show that drinking water boosts your body’s ability to burn fat. Drinking 500ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30% in healthy men and women within 10-40 minutes of consuming it. Even mild dehydration slows down the metabolism by 3%, so top up your bottle regularly.

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A sneaky and effective trick you can use to reduce the amount of extra food you consume at meal time is to drink 500ml of water 20 minutes before eating. You won’t overeat due to dehydration, which is common in people that don’t drink enough water.

Green tea

A study in a nutrition journal recently reported that green tea increases the metabolism by 4% over a 24 hours period. Three to five cups per day can help you burn an extra 70 calories, so get the kettle on!

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Green tea can help you feel less hungry, is a great replacement for coffee, which might contain calories in the form of cream, whole milk and sugar, and it also inhibits fat absorption. Glucose regulation, which is great for weight maintenance, is also balanced by green tea. Try sweetening it with a little honey or stevia if you find it too bitter on its own.

Soup

Once your body gets used to filling up on liquids, it’ll really love you. Liquid nutrition is one of the best ways to get all the good stuff in without consuming too many calories. Soups reduce the intake of excess foods, which means more fat can be burned while you feel satiated. A cup of warm soup is a great thing to take to work or university, too, or when running errands.

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Pears and apples

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Pears and apples are two fruits that can help boost metabolism and speed up weight loss. Research performed at the State University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil found that women who ate 3 small apples or pears lose more weight than women who didn’t. Can you believe that?! That’s great news for anyone that likes apples and pears. Organic fruit is always the best, of course, so don’t forget to pop some in your trolley next time you’re in the supermarket if you’re seeking to boost, boost, boost.

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