We all want to know how to increase our metabolism and it is important to do the little things to get our pistons pumping.
Skipping meals lets your body's calorie burning furnace go cold...so this is a BIG NO-NO! Spread out snacks throughout the day. Try a cup of yogurt with fresh fruit or almonds at 10:30 a.m. and a hard-boiled egg or hummus with vegetables around 3 p.m.
Here are two factors and a secret weapon that will help get your engine in gear.
1. Green Tea- Catechins, the powerful antioxidants found in green tea, are known to increase metabolism. A study by Japanese researchers found that participants who consumed 690 milligrams of catechins from green tea daily had significant lower body mass indexes and smaller waist measurements than those in a control group.
2. Steak and Eggs- A British study found that participants who increased the percentage of protein-based calories in their diets burned 71 more calories a day (that's 7.4 pounds a year). Jump-start your metabolism as soon as you wake up with a protein-rich breakfast of scrambled eggs and end your day with 4-6 ounces of high-quality protein like lean beef, chicken, or fish.
METABOLIC MATH- Your metabolism-the rate at which your body burns calories-experiences a drastic dip from your teen years into your 20s and 30s. But you can help counteract the decline: Physical activity makes up 15 to 30 percent of the average person's metabolism.
Here is a secret weapon that you could try-Yerba Mate is an Argentinean plant used to make tea and has been shown to contain up to 90 percent more metabolism-boosting catechins than green tea. In fact, its metabolic powers are so revered that many weight loss pills list mate on their ingredient lists. Score bottles of yerba mate at your local Whole Foods or go online to guayaki.com and order leaves to brew your own fat-burning formula.
Zinczenko, David. Eat This Not That. Pg. 281.