Thursday, January 28, 2010
Ways To Speed Up Your Metabolism
Fill up on the food that spikes fat burn!
It's protein. According to one study, you can burn 71 more calories every day-which translates into seven pounds of effortless weight loss a year-just by including at least 2oz of chicken, beef, fish or other protein in every meal. In another study, women who ate high protein meals doubled their metabolic rate for at least two hours afterward.
Try the trick that burns 30 minutes of calories in just 20 minutes!
Walking to work or the grocery store? Simply picking up the pace significantly for 30 seconds every few minutes can help your body burn 36% more fat from the exercise. Bursts of speed allow you to do much more intense, metabolism-boosting exercise, because you aren't held back by the very real problem of endurance.
Unwind with a sitcom!
Laughing out loud increases calorie burn by up to 20%, reports a Vanderbilt University study.
In fact, if you laugh 10 to 15 minutes a day, you can lose about four pounds a year without making any other changes to your diet or routine.
Sip green tea before your meals to double weight loss!
Dieters who drink green tea 30 minutes before every meal lose twice as much weight as those who go tea-free. Green tea's polyphenols boost brain levels of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that keeps resting metabolic rates high, so you can burn more calories even when your sitting on the couch.
Build your muscles to torch belly fat!
All you have to do is fit in one hour of light weightlifting a week-that's 10 minutes a day with a day off and research suggests you will significantly raise your production of belly-flattening human growth hormone (HGH)
Take fish oil to burn flab more easily!
Women who take 3,000 mg. of fish oil daily shed up to twice as much body fat as those who don't. Turns out, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil stimulate the secretion of leptin, a hormone that makes it easier for your body to convert stored fat into energy, a key to keeping your metabolism running at peak efficiency.
Have breakfast to rev up your metabolism by 30%!
Simply putting food in your mouth first thing in the morning increases your metabolism by 30% for several hours. The reason: Breaking your overnight "fast" convinces your body that food is plentiful, so it doesn't feel the need to store calories as fat, instead it burns them.
Sleep more to reduce fattening stress hormones!
Struggling along on too-little sleep results in a 40% increase in blood levels of cortisol, a powerful stress hormone proven to slow metabolism, plus trigger a 33% increase in hunger panes and cravings. Aim for at least seven hours of shuteye each night.