Hello SOTGC community,
Summer is just around the corner and there isn’t one woman I know who is jumping at the chance to prance around in their new swim suits. I typically lead a healthy life mixed with hard cardio workouts and a good healthy diet most of the time. However I always like to keep an eye out for articles on boosting metabolism. I don’t prescribe to crash diets or medications to lose weight quickly. There is a healthy way to lose weight and to keep it off. My belief is the faster you lose weight, the faster you’ll gain it back and the harder it will be to work off the pounds later. Plus, I remember the days when I’d be three weeks out from a Vegas trip or summer pool party and the stress of having to “crash diet” to look good in my bikini was never a good feeling. I’d also usually get to that pool party or Vegas event, look great, and right after the trip or party I’d binge eat and feel like crap for a week after.
Below are some tips that I found on MSN.com for healthy ways to boost your metabolism on a regular basis.
- Eat a healthy breakfast: This will keep you from over indulging at lunch and can boost your metabolism up to 10%. (grapefruit, Greek yogurt with berries, oatmeal, banana and slice of wheat toast with peanut butter, egg white omelet, etc)
- Drink at least 8 cups of water a day: Being dehydrated can slow your metabolism by 2%-3%
- Standing burns 25% more calories than sitting: If you have a job where you sit a lot, try standing every time you’re on the phone and aren’t writing or typing
- The more muscle your body has, the higher your resting metabolism is: When running errands try and use the baskets to carry your groceries around in, instead of using shopping carts. This also goes hand in hand with taking the stairs instead of elevator as much as possible
- Instead of French fries, mashed potatoes, pasta salad, etc. as your side dish at meals, pick steamed veggies or salads with dressing on the side: This ups your fiber intake and studies have shown that your body burns 30% more calories digesting fiber compared to other nutrients
- Fill your house with healthy snacks: Some of my personal favorites are: hummus and carrots or celery, sugar snap peas, black olives, raw almonds, nectarines, plums, slices of reduced fat mozzarella cheese. I don’t keep chips or any high fat or fried food in my house because the temptation to hold down my couch and eat them is too great
- Include broccoli in one meal a day: A half cup of broccoli contains 84% of your recommended daily Vitamin C intake and studies show that low levels of vitamins can slow your metabolism by 25%
- Add a fish oil pill to your morning routine: Australian researchers have seen an upswing in metabolism with people who incorporate Omega 3 supplements to their diet
- Often times foods that are very healthy can seem bland to the average diet: Put away the salt shaker and instead use spicy seasoning like Cayenne that has low sodium but can boost your metabolism
- Add ice: Studies have shown that your body burns more calories digesting icy drinks than room temperature ones.