3 Ways to Boost your Metabolism

Spoiler Alert: It's not as hard as you think!
3 Ways to Boost your Metabolism | CM Connect Blog

Do you feel like your metabolism is in slow motion? If burning more calories and longer treadmill workouts are on your mind then perhaps these small lifestyle additions or changes may be what you didn't know you've been looking for. There are many ways to burn calories and we encourage you to take up any form of physical activity that may interest you; but we want to share the importance of boosting your metabolism as opposed to focusing on burning calories.The rate you burn calories can change depending on your age, weight, height, activity level, hormones and calories you consume each day. If you’ve been restricting calories and consuming less than 1000 per day you can in fact damage your metabolism. This will literally hinder your weight loss goal. There are other, safe ways to improve yourmetabolism. Here are seven of them.

1. Knowing when to Drink Water

In a study presented at the American Chemical Society's annual conference, it noted that drinking two glasses of water, 30 minutesbefore every meal can help lose an average of 15.5 pounds (five pounds more than the non-water drinkers) over three months. Hydrating your body with pure clean water rids toxins that attach to fat cells.Try to consume half your body weight in water ounces; for example, a 150-pound person would drink 75 ounces a day.

2. Add Whey Protein To Your Smoothie

When you’re tossing your favorite smoothie ingredients into the blender, be sure to add a metabolism-boosting ingredient - high quality whey protein. "Whey increases calorie burning and fat utilization, helping the body maintain muscle and triggers the brain to feel full,” says Paul Arciero, a professor in the Health and Exercise Sciences department at Skidmore College who has studied whey’s effects on the body. Whey has long been the “gold standard” of protein for serious athletes who require low body fat. Keep in mind not all whey is created equal. Many whey protein powders are full of cheap ingredients that can pack on the pounds and oxidize your body. Be sure to invest in a product that contains cold-pressed organic whey or New Zealand whey.

3. Your Cup of Joe

Caffeine’s ability to speed up the central nervous system makes it a powerful metabolism booster. Coffee has been shown to improve energy levels during exercise, especially endurance activity, and help people work harder longer, which burns more calories. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil or MCT oil to your coffee, rather than cream, milk or sugar. Not only will it increase metabolism over plain black coffee, but will also enhance your focus and mood.

4. Laugh More

Hang around funny people, or take a quick break to look at funny dog videos on YouTube. It not only feels good, you’re also burning calories in the process. A study from the International Journal of Obesity showed a 10-20% increase in energy expenditure (calories burned) and heart rate during genuine laughter. This translated to an increase of 10-40 calories burned within 10-15 minutes of laughter.

5. Digestive Enzymes

Feel bloated and tired after a meal? Enzymes are necessary for your body to break down the carbs, fat, and protein to receive nutrition. The more efficiently your body can soak up the nutrient goodness, the more your metabolism will work for you - rather than against you. The best to buy are active plant enzymes with no sugar, wheat, gluten, or soy products. Check the label. The ingredients should show protease, amylase, and lipase and their relative quantities.

5. Add Spice

Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that can kick metabolism into higher gear, Dr. Isaacs says. Add a tablespoon of chopped chili peppers to a meal once a day. Chili peppers are also an unexpected source of vitamin C.

6. Walk with your Phone

When you answer your phone, do you look for the nearest seat to sit and chat? Try this - walk around if you’re on hold, chatting with a friend or listening in on a conference. A 150-pound person burns 72 calories an hour sitting and 129 calories an hour standing. Walking around an office slowly increases the burn to 143 calories an hour. You recruit more muscle fibers and must use your postural muscles to stabilize yourself, which burns more calories. 

7. Build Muscle

Your body constantly burns calories, even when you're doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about six calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only two calories daily. That small difference can add up over time. After a session of strength training, muscles are activated all over your body, raising your average daily metabolic rate.