If you are like many people you may have been dealt a less than easy hand when it comes to your metabolism. Or perhaps things in your life have changed either physically such as with a pregnancy, or you developed a condition that changed your metabolism. You could also have changed your hours at work and now you aren’t sleeping or eating enough. Or worse, maybe you are chronically stressed. That fact is you don’t have to take it lying down, you can do things to increase your metabolism without taking the latest unsubstantiated pill.
The first and easiest thing to do is to drink more water. Many people simply forget to drink when they are busy or are having problems focusing (probably because they are thirsty). The correct amount of water is based on your body weight, so it may not be the 8 glasses a day you have always been told. Eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day is, in fact, the correct amount only for most people who weigh 128 lbs. You need to drink a half an ounce of water for every pound of body weight to be sufficiently hydrated. When you have the correct amount of hydration your digestive tract works better. This then leads to a metabolism that burns like a furnace as opposed to a lit match. The more your metabolism has to work, processing water, and the more calories it burns. And if you don’t believe in or care about calories, know that it helps remove waste faster. This leaves you less bloated, and sometimes it’s that nasty bloating that keeps you feeling fat.
Second, you should also consider adding more coconut to your diet. Coconut may be one of nature’s most perfect foods. Coconut is anti-bacterial, anti- fungal, and anti-viral so it is literally good for whatever ails you. And, of course, it is also a metabolism booster. This is because it aids in the functioning of the thyroid and production of enzymes. Coconut oil is found in many drinks because it builds on the body’s endurance and is processed more as a carbohydrate than as a fat, and carbohydrates are the body’s preferred energy source. But if you want to have the effects of coconut, you need to eat about four tablespoons of the oil a day. This can be added to coffee, shakes, smoothies, on salads. Basically use it in place of other oils. This is one food you have to eat over a period of time to become effective. It needs to build up the body’s supply of nurturing fatty acids.
Third, green tea can also increase your metabolism. Science has weighed in on this subject several times. Most recently, a 12-week study conducted by Provident Clinical Research discovered that after ingesting 625 mg of green tea, their subjects lost abdominal fat. This is directly tied to the catechins in green tea which are a type of antioxidant in the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. Green tea is green is because it is plucked when it is young. The antioxidants are much higher because the leaves haven’t oxidized yet.
And last but not least, muscle also helps improve your metabolism. You don’t have to be an official body builder, and you technically don’t have to even lift weights to build muscle. But you do need to make sure you are eating enough, and getting plenty of protein to match your activity levels. Consider using an app which will analyze your food consumption, like My Fitness Pal, to get an idea what you are consuming. And don’t forget to include your activity. Many people fail to realize just how much they ask of themselves every day. The bottom line is this: lean muscle mass burns more calories than very little muscle mass. Muscle mass will continue to burn calories even when you aren’t working out.