A slimmer body is easy to achieve as long as your body is able to burn off fat quickly. Unfortunately, not all of us are gifted with a fast metabolic rate. Worse, our metabolic rate slows down as we age! The good news is, you can achieve a slimmer frame by sticking to several diet habits daily. In today’s post, we are listing down ways to improve the metabolic rate without using drugs, adhering to restrictive diet plans or taking expensive supplements:
Drink a lot of Water
Proper hydration is a critical part of a balanced diet. And water is scientifically proven to boost the metabolic rate. A study by researchers at the University of Utah found that drinking eight 8-ounces of water every day lead to an enhanced metabolic rate. The participants were hooked on machines that monitor their blood sugar, urine concentration, and metabolic rate. Researchers found that the group of participants who drank more water (around 8 to 12 glasses of water daily) developed faster metabolic rates.
If you like a little variety (or boost hydration even more), drink tea too! Tea is teeming with antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage. Free radical damage leads to chronic diseases including diabetes and obesity. Tea also boosts energy and induces fat burning! A study published in the Journal of Medicine Investigation found that oolong and green tea improved the metabolic rate of 11 healthy Japanese females. According to researchers, the polyphenols in tea are the reason for the faster metabolic rate.
Instead of taking three square meals every day, consider breaking down large meals into mini meals. Taking mini meals means spreading out the food you will eat in a day evenly. The smaller portions satiate the appetite without causing a major spike in the blood sugar level. This method inhibits the body from going into starvation mode. Starvation mode is the body’s ability to hold on to as much fat as possible to stave off hunger. This process is common among those who stick to restrictive diets or those who starve themselves. Spreading out your meals keeps the body satiated so fat burning remains efficient.
Consume Healthy Fats
Contrary to popular notion, not all fats are bad for the health. Omega-3 fatty acid helps keep the brain and cardiovascular system healthy. This beneficial fat aids in development and protects from oxidative stress. Even better, omega-3 fatty acid increases the fat-burning enzymes in the body. It helps the body burn off excess fat equivalent to 400 extra calories!
Farmed produce and meats grown using toxic compounds alter the body’s metabolic rate. These foods contain antibiotics and hormones that disrupt the body’s immune system and hormone levels. The next time you go to the supermarket, choose organic foods.
Organic foods are free from compounds that could harm the body. These foods are grown without using herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones that will end up in the body. Even better, organic foods will speed up your metabolic rate!
When it comes to fat burning, nothing works as efficiently as regular exercise. So make exercising a daily habit. Work out at least 45 minutes every day to keep the body in shape! According to the National Health Service, those who work out have a higher muscle to fat ratio than those who do not work out at all. More muscles mean more efficient fat burning. How? It takes a lot of fat burning to maintain lean muscles. For every pound of muscle, the body burns 50 calories.