Jumpstart your metabolism
Ten tricks to trim your waist .
It’s a common complaint. “I hardly eat anything but the weight just doesn’t shift!” And yet there are lucky gals who stay slender even though they wolf down chocolates and chips with abandon. Often the difference between fit and flab lies in your metabolism. Exercise alone isn’t enough to rev it up, so read on for ten super easy tricks to flip the switch to speed up your metabolism.
Walk any chance you get
No more excuses about running late. The best way to kick start your metabolism is eating breakfast, ideally after your workout and within an hour or two of waking. Your metabolism tends to go into resting mode overnight and exercise and breakfast rev it up again. So what should you eat? Ideally a fiber and protein charged meal. Think whole wheat bread and eggs or porridge with walnuts and almonds.
Didn’t have time to get to the gym? No problem. Just get off a couple of stops before the office and walk the rest of the way. Walk to a colleague’s desk instead of making a call. Take the stairs any chance you get. Getting your heart rate up for a short time keeps it elevated afterwards, a great way to boost your metabolism.
Mix it up when you workout
Chocolate after a workout!
It’s easy to just jump on to the elliptical or treadmill and slog for an hour at the same pace. Intervals are your friend says fitness expert Neha Brackstone. “Short, high-intensity exercise boosts your metabolism. If you prefer the treadmill or elliptical, sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and repeat the pattern for 10 minutes,” she says.
Exercise depletes your body of glucose that needs to be replenished to keep energy and metabolism up. A chocolate milk shake post-workout is the perfect balance of carbs and protein. Don’t like chocolate? Have a banana yogurt smoothie instead.
Have a cup of coffee
Eat right at lunch
Drinking coffee—with or without milk—can boost your metabolism slightly because it contains caffeine according to a Yale University Prevention Research Center study. Green tea has the same effect. The catechins in green tea also boost metabolism. Aim for three to five cups a day. Give Jay Green Tea or Gaia Green Tea Assorted a try. However a cappuccino or frappe doesn’t have the same effect. All that milk and sugar negate the benefits of a simple couple of java.
Fill up on veggies both cooked and raw, some protein and high fiber. Not only will you feel full for hours but the protein-carb combo will give you enough energy to get through the day without flagging. Think a side of stir fried veggies, some paneer or chicken and whole wheat rotis or brown rice, vegetable curry and a bowl of dahi.
Spice up your dinner
While a glass of hot water after meals is excellent to wash away the grease, drink cold water for the rest of the day to keep your metabolism charged up. Your body burns more calories when it’s cold because it has to work that much harder to keep your warm. Additionally, try and get at least eight to ten glasses of water per day.
Eating spicy food for dinner boosts the metabolism. Sprinkle green chilies, red or black pepper on your dinner to rev up metabolism, all important at this time of day because by evening the body starts going into rest mode. Best of all, spices are virtually zero calorie.
Take some time to wind down
Get enough zzzs
Around dinner time consciously let your body and mind relax. Instead of watching a gripping murder mystery on TV, listen to soothing music, read a magazine, do yoga, chat with a friend. Ending the day in a stressful way causes your metabolism to slow down; under stress the body releases cortisol that slows down the metabolism
You have to get seven to eight hours shut-eye every night. Sleep is key to boosting your metabolism, helping it to fully restore and recover from the day’s rigors, and maintaining the right hormone balance required to maintain a healthy weight.