Here are some of the top ways to boost your metabolism - without exercise. Of course, exercise is one of the best ways, but for those who already exercise and want a boost, or for those who find it challenging to be consistent with being active, here are a few tips!
1 - Green Tea – You may see green tea extract in many fat burning supplements, but there is evidence that actually drinking green tea has more health benefits than these processed extracts. Green tea stimulates the body to help burn calories, and has some wonderful antioxidant properties, helping to protect you against many forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease!
2 – Coconut Oil – In addition to being anti-microbial, helping to soothe the digestive system, providing your body with healthy fats it needs to make cells and hormones, coconut oil helps to speed up the body’s basal metabolic rate (basically the amount or number of calories you burn while you are just sitting there, stayin’ alive!)
3- Spices – SPICE up your life! Spices like cayenne pepper, chili peppers, even black pepper and ginger all help boost the generation of heat in your body, resulting in more calories burned to generate this heat. Mustard seed will also do this to some degree as well. Curcumin, from turmeric, doesn’t necessarily boost metabolism, but can suppress the growth of fat tissue, and calm inflammation, helping you to lose weight and feel good. Ginger is also great for upset stomachs, nausea, and car sickness. All these spices are great to warm you up if you frequently get chilly, and of course during our long Canadian winters! Also, black pepper and cayenne pepper are anti-inflammatory, AND help detoxify the body as well! So, spice up your food – spice up your life!
4 –Healthy Carbohydrates – Beans, legumes, nuts (un-roasted!), vegetables, and fruit (just don’t have fruit all day long!) will help to keep your overall metabolism high. If you starve yourself, or go on a very low carbohydrate diet, your body compensates after 2 weeks to a month, and slows your metabolism down.