Unfortunately, losing weight requires a little more effort than just taking a pill. A sluggish metabolism can undermine your weight loss program and prevent you from losing weight. Here's seven easy ways to boost your metabolism and optimize your weight loss program.
Eat More High-quality Proteins
High-quality protein such as that found in lean meat, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, soy and other vegetables is essential for the proper functioning of your metabolism. By giving your body a daily protein surplus you're in effect telling your body to burn to your body fat for energy because those fat stores are no longer necessary. In time, this will lower your body fat percentage, will replace fat with lean muscle mass and will boost your metabolism. For the best results, aim to eat around one gram of protein for every pound you weigh.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea reportedly contains metabolism boosting properties that can help you to burn calories more quickly. It's also a well known fat burner and contains plenty of antioxidants and polyphenols that benefit your body in a variety of different ways. In fact, the benefits of green tea are so diverse that this nutrient comes in a variety of supplemental forms. It can be taken as a fat burner in softgels, as an antioxidant in capsules and, obviously, as a drink in tea. Ideally, you'll want to aim to consume at least two servings of green tea every day, sweetened (if need be) with stevia or honey.
Get More Sleep
There are things your body does when it's sleeping that it doesn't do at any other time; in fact, more than 75 percent of fat burning happens while you're asleep. When you are sleeping your body produces hormones which help to burn off fat. If you have trouble sleeping at night and want to maximize your weight loss, try some valerian root, l-tryptophan, melatonin or diphenhydramine, or some combination of them. Try to go to bed around the same time every night, refrain from coffee, cigarettes and other stimulants before bed time and try not to oversleep. Oversleeping will leave you feeling more tired in the morning than undersleeping. Aim for the full eight hours of sleep per night, unless you know your body requires more or less.
Poor digestion could also be a factor in slowing down your metabolism. Imbalances of microflora in your gut can result in pain, discomfort and poor nutrient absorption. Improve the efficiency of your digestive system with a cycle of probiotic supplements to rebalance the bacteria in your gut. Once in your gut, these colonies of bacteria will help ensure you reap the full benefits of the food you eat, thus helping you boost your metabolism.
Drink More Water
Toxins can accumulate in the body, especially in the liver, blood and bladder, and can cause problems with your metabolism. They interfere, block, slow and taint the vitamins, minerals and nutrients coursing through your body. Drinking plenty of water helps to flush toxins from your body, and aiming to drink one liter of water for every 1,000 calories is a good starting figure.
Try Coconut Oil
Pure coconut oil reportedly contains nutrients that boost your metabolism and burn fat. It's easy to cook with, smells great, tastes good and can be used in high heat. Instead of greasing your pan with fats or butter, next time try coconut oil. Just two teaspoons of coconut oil every day will give your metabolism a nice kick-start. Avoid taking more than four teaspoons per day, however, because coconut oil is high in calories.
Take a Metabolism-boosting Supplement
Metabolism boosters are all the rage right now and consumers have never had more choice than they do right now for choosing the best supplement. Some metabolism boosters use acai berries and some use green tea. Some will have ephedra extract and others will have caffeine. Some are even stimulant free. Where one supplement fails, another might perform perfectly. The priority is finding the supplement that fits best with your lifestyle, activity level, diet, goals and budget.
Don't be afraid to check the ingredients list or to try different supplements, and don't forget the seven easy tips above for enhancing your metabolism. There's a cornucopia of metabolism boosting supplements and tips available today that wasn't available more than a few years ago, so losing weight and boosting your metabolism should be easier today than ever before. Most importantly, don't get discouraged if your weight loss plan seems to stagnate. Rome wasn't built in a day and six pack abs don't grow on trees. Persistence, diligence, patience - that's the name of this game.