Hi, sweet friend.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
– Always Feel Cold
– Irregular Periods
– Bloat After Eating
– Low Energy
– Quick To Gain Weight/Difficult To Lose Weight
– Fingernails Take Forever To Grow
– Thin Hair
– Dry Skin
– Upper Leg Cellulite
Then it’s proooobably time for a metabolic boost.
Your metabolism is determined by many different factors such as genetics, activity levels, hormonal health, and age.
Fortunately, there are a few easy diet and lifestyle changes you can make to speed up your metabolism and stimulate your fat-burning potential.
1. Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Not getting enough sleep lowers your metabolism, lessens fat burning, skyrockets your stress levels and blood pressure, fuels insulin resistance — and if that’s not enough, your brain function also becomes so foggy that it leads you to making unhealthy choices later on in your day to compensate for the lack of energy.
2. Drink Green Tea
Green tea raises metabolic rates and speeds up fat oxidation thanks to its thermogenic compounds (caffeine + catechins). The caffeine increases the amount of energy your body uses and the catechins speed up fat oxidation. In fact, those who drink green tea can burn up to an extra 100 calories a day.
3. Consume Clean Protein At Every Meal
Protein helps to increase your metabolism by 15-30% due to something called the TEF (thermic effect of food). TEF is the increase in your metabolic rate that happens after you eat. Protein also helps you feel fuller longer and thus, prevents you from overeating. My personal favourite clean protein sources are tempeh, almonds, walnuts, and spirulina.
4. Get Your Daily Calcium
Calcium deficiency slows down your metabolism. Consuming your daily calcium on the other hand, may help your body metabolize fat more efficiently. Calcium not only regulates body weight, but it also promotes fat loss. I recommend incorporating broccoli, collard greens, kale, and okra into your diet, as these will provide you with calcium, as well as a multitude of other benefits such as fiber.
5. Eat Spicy Foods
Capsaicin (the compound in hot peppers) increases your basal metabolic rate by raising your body temperature, which helps you burn more calories immediately after a meal. Consuming a spicy dish can provide a temporary increase in metabolism of about 8% greater than a person’s typical metabolic rate. This temporary boost makes you feel fuller and thus, helps you from overeating.