Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Drinking plenty of cold water can help to speed up metabolism. Cold water can cause an increase in metabolic rate because your body burns energy to maintain a certain temperature equilibrium. Dehydration also slows the metabolism. In addition, water makes you fuller so you may end up eating less.

The caffeine in green tea and coffee can help to increase your metabolism by stimulating the nervous system, but just make sure not to have too much caffeine as this can affect adrenal glands which affects hormone function.

Eat spicy foods. The capsaicin in spices such as cayenne will increase your metabolism because of its thermogenic effect.

Get plenty of sleep. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation slows the metabolism and increases the production of ghrelin, which will make you more hungry.

Eat higher amounts of protein. Protein is harder for your body to break down than fats and carbs, which means it will make you burn more calories and can make you feel fuller. It also prevents muscle loss, which can decrease the metabolic rate.

Make sure to eat enough so that your metabolism doesn’t decline. When you don’t eat enough your body responds by suppressing your metabolism. Cheat meals can also help to prevent metabolic slowdown, this should not be done frequently though; maybe about once a week.

Many nutritionists also recommend eating a small breakfast in the morning so that your metabolism doesn’t decline during the day. It is also recommended to eat small meals throughout the day, rather than three big meals, to keep the metabolism going.

High-intensity interval training will stimulate your metabolism, even after you are finished exercising. This is a form of exercise that alternates between intense exercise and less intense exercise.

Muscle burns more calories than fat, so strength training can help increase metabolism. Anabolic hormones stimulated during strength training also helps your body to burn more fat, and calories are consumed by the process of breaking down and rebuilding muscle fibers while you are building muscle.

Do not sit or lie down for a long periods of times because it slows the metabolism.

Some research suggest that pesticides can contribute to weight gain by slowing the metabolism; so you might want to consider buying organic food.

Take a multivitamin everyday, and eat a healthy diet. Vitamin deficiencies can decrease the metabolic rate.

 

 

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How to Tighten Loose Skin

As we get older our collagen and elastin start to break down, leading to skin that is loose. Dramatic weight loss can also contribute to sagging skin. Collagen supplements may help you get firmer skin, as well as bone broth, which has collagen in it. These items usually can be found in health food stores. Protein, vitamin C, and staying adequately hydrated also help the body to produce more collagen naturally. Building muscle also helps reduce the appearance of loose skin. Smoking and excessive sun exposure both affect the skin’s elasticity, so it is best to avoid these.

How I lost 70 Pounds

I personally lost 70 pounds by following a whole foods plant-based diet for several months while exercising a lot everyday. I did not stay on this diet long-term though basically because I was noticing some signs of nutritional deficiencies. However, if you are trying to lose weight, my personal recommendation is to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and cut out all cane sugar and try to monitor intake of oily foods. Fruits and vegetables are filled with fiber so you eat less calories and stay fuller. Oils like olive oil are so calorie dense that it can be easy consume a large amount of calories from that alone, if you are not careful. There are a lot of whole foods plant-based recipes online if you are interested in incorporating more of this into your lifestyle. Some diets work well for different people, so if you do try this out and it doesn’t do well for you, well you can always try something else!