When it comes to weight loss you will often hear people saying how important boosting your metabolism is for ensuring you reach your goal.
Well, this is correct as boosting your metabolic rate will ensure you are able to burn off excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat on your body.
Of course one of the best ways to boost your metabolic rate is to undertake regular exercise, and while it is recommended that you workout 3-4 times a week there are methods you can use that can aid your efforts.
Here are some other methods you could use to boost your metabolism without exercise:
#1 – Eat foods rich in omega-3
Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as an avocado can help to regulate your blood sugar levels, while keeping your metabolism steady.
#2 – Don’t skip breakfast
If you choose to skip breakfast you are essentially telling your body to go into starvation mode where your metabolism will start to slow.
You are also more likely to reach for those unhealthy mid-morning snacks if you don’t eat a healthy and filling breakfast.
#3 – Snack when hungry
Although you will often hear people say how you should not snack between meals, the truth is you should, just not an unhealthy one.
Snacking between meals can keep your energy levels high along with your metabolism as it is constantly working to burn off the food.
#4 – Eat some spicy food
Certain spicy foods contain capsaicin, which can help to boost your metabolism.
This capsaicin has also been used in dietary supplements too, such as Capsiplex for example.
#5 – Take time to breathe deeply
You obviously know that breathing helps to bring oxygen into your body, what you may not know however is that the more oxygen in your body the more energy you can burn. Or in other words the higher your metabolism will be.
Just taking a few minutes out of your day to do a few deep breathing exercises can help you to burn more calories than you would otherwise.
#6 – Drink some green tea
Green tea contains phenols that are a kind of chemical compound that can cause your metabolism to increase.
#7 – Eat dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains both caffeine and the antioxidant catechin that have both been shown to cause an increase to your metabolism.
#8 – Eat yoghurt
If you eat a healthy yoghurt, not one laced with chocolate and other goodies, you will be able to boost your resting metabolic rate thanks to the nutrients that it contains.
#9 – Eat more protein in your diet
Protein rich foods take more calories to burn, so will cause your metabolism to increase.
#10 – Don’t skip meals
Although skipping meals may result in weight loss to begin with, you may end up weighing more than you did originally once your metabolism starts to slow.
Skipping meals tells your body that you are going into starvation mode, so your metabolism will slow in an effort to hold onto your fat reserves.
#11 – Drink cold water
Not only is water good for your overall health, research has also shown that drinking 6 glasses of cold water every day can help boost your metabolic rate, helping you to burn an extra 50 calories daily.
#12 – Eat more nuts
Certain types of nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts and pistachios contain vitamins and essential fatty acids that can increase your metabolism.
When choosing nuts however try to avoid those that have been artificially salted.
#13 – Take time to relax
If you lead a stressful life your metabolism may not be working to its fullest potential.
When you are stressed your body will produce more cortisol, which is a hormone that can slow your metabolic rate.
By reducing your stress levels, perhaps by taking a relaxing bath or by reading a book you will be able to give your metabolism a boost.
#14 – Snack before bed
Although you shouldn’t eat too much, nor should you choose an unhealthy snack, there have been reports that a healthy snack before bed could help increase your nocturnal metabolism.
#15 – Get some sleep
Getting at least 8 hours sleep will ensure you have plenty of energy the following day, and will help reduce stress while keeping your blood sugar levels constant.