You have cut down on calories and are also doing enough physical exercise, but still finding it pretty difficult to lose weight. Well now it’s time you speed up your body metabolism. Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. The higher the rate of metabolism, the higher is the body’s capacity to lose weight. While metabolic rate depends on the body size, age, gender and genes, you sure can increase your metabolic rate by consciously controlling what you consume.
Don’t skip meals
This is the most important thing.
Begin your day with a healthy breakfast. A good healthy breakfast is crucial in maintaining optimal energy levels throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, your body will go into starvation mode, and slow its metabolism.
While breakfast is sacred and must be eaten in the morning, with two hours of your waking up, skipping any other meal is just as bad for your metabolism. Your body cannot function without food and going hungry won’t make you slim. In fact, not consuming enough calories will make your body weak, reduce its immunity make it susceptible to diseases.
Drink enough water
Water is a major component of human body. An adult has about 60% water in his/her body. So keep your body well hydrated. Studies have shown that drinking six glasses of cold water a day can boost your metabolism by burning up to an extra 50 calories a day.
Eat more lean protein
Try eating more chicken and fish which contain lean meat. Lean protein needs a large amount of energy to burn and digest. This not only keeps you full and satisfied for long but also increases your metabolism.
Other products that have lean protein are beans, lentils, dairy products like milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and ricotta, tofu and other soy foods, nuts and seeds, sweet potatoes.
Eat foods rich in omega-3 fats
Omega-3 are fatty acids help regulate your blood sugar and keep your metabolism steady. Good sources for omega 3 are foods are avocados, fish, shellfish, tofu, almonds and walnuts as well as in some vegetable oils such as linseed, nuts and canola (rapeseed).
Eat some dark chocolate everyday
Both the caffeine and the antioxidants present in dark chocolate boost metabolism. But do make sure that your chocolate contains at least 70% cocoa as anything lower will have too much sugar and fat in it.
Small healthy snacks during the day keep the energy level consistent. It keeps metabolism high by maintaining normal blood sugar levels at all times of the day. Zuccini chips, dried apricot, almonds with dried tart cherries or blueberries, oatmeal topped with fresh berries and skimmed milk, hard boiled egg with freshly ground pepper etc all make for good healthy snacks.
Use spices liberally
Spices and condiments like pepper, chilli, cumin, mustard, turmeric, fenugreek, cinnamon etc not only make food tasty but these also contain capsicum , which has been shown to increase the body metabolic rates by increasing the hormone levels.
Green tea contains phenols, chemical compounds that increase the body’s ability to burn calories.
Eat a light healthy snack before going to bed
This will keep the metabolic rate high during the night. But make sure that you have had your dinner at least two hours before.
This is as important as working out. Sleeping for eight hours every night will keep you energetic throughout the day. It will also help keep stress hormones and blood sugar levels stable, an important part of any healthy lifestyle.