Start your engines early to make fat cells burn.
Author: Adam Macdougall Date Posted:24 July 2017
1. Start Your Day with protein
Starting your day with a donut or a big pile of pancakes is like putting a big stop sign in front of your metabolism, telling it you’re less-than-eager to lose weight. Fortunately, the solution is as easy as it is delicious: kick off your morning with some filling protein instead. Not only will a protein-rich breakfast keep you satisfied for longer than a carb-heavy one, making it easier to pass up any treats that might otherwise tempt you, it can also help you shed unwanted weight.
Research published in the International Journal of Obesity reveals that study subjects who started their mornings with eggs versus a similarly-caloric bagel lost 65 percent more weight than their carb-consuming counterparts.
2. Let the sun shine
One of the easiest tools to boost your metabolism is not only widely available, it also happens to be free. Getting some early morning sunlight could just be the key to finally shedding those pounds that have been weighing heavily on your mind and your waist. Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine found that individuals who were exposed to early morning sunlight had lower BMIs independent of other factors known to affect metabolism, like exercise, calorie consumption, or age.
In fact, the power of that early A.M. sun is so potent that people who caught the same amount of sunshine just a few hours later didn’t enjoy the same metabolism-boosting effects.
3. Fill up on fibre
A little extra fiber on your menu can go a long way for your metabolism. Fiber can not only fill you up, keeping you satisfied for hours after you’ve finished your meal, it can also cause significant changes to your intestinal microbiome, kick-starting your metabolism along the way.
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that individuals whose diets were rich in high-fiber whole grains burned approximately 100 calories more each day than those who opted for refined carbs.
4. Spice up your life
If your food is hot, that means a metabolism that’s firing on all cylinders isn’t far behind. Researchers at Maastricht University and the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences found that supplementation with just a small amount of capsaicin, the compound that makes hot foods spicy, increased subjects’ calorie burn without increasing their blood pressure, making it a potentially safe metabolic remedy for those who can’t add high-intensity exercise to their routine.
Even if you don’t like your food hot, you can still enjoy the calorie-burning benefits of capsaicin by adding some paprika to your food.