Published On: May 22 2013 11:56:13 AM EDTUpdated On: Sep 26 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT
Trying to lose weight and hit a plateau? Try these 27 ways to boost your metabolism by FitSugar.com to burn more calories without much more effort.
Eat a bedtime snack -- While it may go against conventional wisdom, eating a light snack before bed can actually boost your metabolism because it gives your body something to digest while sleeping.
Eat breakfast -- Eat a healthy breakfast within an hour of waking up to help keep your metabolism running on high.
Slurp it up -- This creamy vegan broccoli soup packs a calorie-burning boost thanks to ingredients like nutmeg and cayenne pepper.
Get some cardio in -- Cardio is crucial for keeping your metabolism running smoothly.
Grab some cayenne pepper -- Sprinkle a small amount of this spice on your food to boost your metabolism by upping your body's temperature.
Sprinkle some cinnamon -- Like cayenne pepper, this warming spice is an easy addition to foods that will pep up your metabolism.
Indulge in dark chocolate -- Dark chocolate includes two ingredients that are known to boost metabolism: caffeine and the antioxidant catechin.
Schedule in exercise -- While exercise definitely melts away fat, it also has the ability to change your CNA to boost your metabolism immediately. Be sure to schedule it in regularly.
Eat your fruits and veggies -- To maximize their metabolism-boosting benefits, enjoy fruits and vegetables in their whole state as much as possible. So munch on an apple instead of applesauce or make a salad with big chunks rather than diced pineapple.
Use ginger -- Ginger is another warming food that can temporarily rev up your metabolism.
Drink green tea -- Green tea contains catechins, an antioxidant that raises resting metabolism by about 80 calories a day.
Start doing intervals -- Add high-intensity intervals to your cardio routine to burn more calories and rev up your metabolism.
Cook up some lean proteins -- The extra chewing it takes to eat lean proteins like chicken can lead to a 30 percent higher calorie burn. They also require more energy to digest.
Don't skip meals -- Not eating dinner or other meals tricks the body into thinking it's not getting enough food, which makes it hold on to extra calories once it is fed.
Snack on nuts -- Not all crunchy snacks are no-no's. Nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are good sources of magnesium, which boosts your metabolism.
Cut back on processed carbs -- Besides adding empty calories to your diet, all the sugar in processed carbs can cause your body to hold on to extra calories as fat.
Add vinegar to your salad dressing -- Not only does this condiment help you feel fuller longer, apple cider vinegar has been shown to have a small effect on burning fat.
Exercise in short bursts -- Even if you can't get a 30-minute workout in, research shows that small bursts of activity can lead to an afterburn of 200 calories throughout the day.
Get your zzz's in -- Multiple studies have linked weight gain to a lack of quality sleep, so turn off your phones and laptops at least 30 minutes before bed to ensure a good night's sleep.
Whip up a metabolism-boosting smoothie -- Smoothies taste great, and adding metabolism-boosting ingredients like Greek yogurt, cinnamon and green tea only makes them better for you.
Pump some iron -- Muscle burns more calories than fat, so be sure to get some strength training in a few times a week.
Cut your stress levels -- When levels of the stress hormone cortisol are too high, it actually inhibits your body's ability to burn fat.
Munch on sweet potatoes -- Not only are they packed with nutrients, but sweet potatoes also contain the hormone adiponectin that helps regulate your blood sugar levels and rev up your metabolism.
Take a walk -- Keep your metabolism going strong by taking a walk before or after meals to up your fat-burning levels.
Drink up -- Studies have shown that people who drink eight to 12 glasses of water a dayburn more fatthan those who only drink four or less, so be sure to get your water in to burn more calories.
Eat whole grains -- Packed with fiber, whole grains fill you up more and take more energy to chew, increasing the calorie bump-up we get from eating and digesting different types of foods.
Eat yogurt -- The calcium and other substances in dairy products like yogurt may actually raise your metabolism.
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