5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism NOW
It's the New Year and for many of us, we're trying to keep up our New Year's Resolutions. While it's important to hit the gym, take up a new running program, and eat healthier, there ARE things you can incorporate into your daily eating regime that will help you knock off and keep off those extra pounds.
Certain foods slow us down and making us groggy and tired like sugar, refined carbohydrates, wheat (if we are gluten intolerant), alcohol – these all slow our metabolism. There are foods and drinks that will boost your metabolism naturally. So along with your workout program you can boost your metabolism now with a few easy tips.
Eat small frequent meals. Eating every three to four hours and including a small protein snack will keep the fires of your metabolism stoked and burning. I like to have an apple and some almonds in between meals or a small bit of protein powder with half a banana. A bit of a hard cheese and a few carrots are also great snacks.
Take your meal portions to half. If you eat two or three meals a day, please consider taking them to half the size your normally would. In 30 days, you can train your stomach to want less and be satisfied with less.
Add Hot Peppers. Cayenne, Jalepenos, and Serrano peppers fire up your metabolic system. They will also make your food a lot tastier and you will naturally eat less as a result as you are not overeating to seek taste and pleasure. Enhancing flavor is a great way for you to get the most out of your meal. If your portions are small, make sure you are getting maximum flavor. A small tasty bite is a lot more enjoyable than mounds of food that lacks in taste and palate excitement.
Drink more more Green Tea. Green tea is unique in that it has the amino acid Theanine to balance out the caffeine and enhance mood. Theanine is relaxing and tranquilizing. Drinking green tea throughout the day will keep you happy and energized.
Add small doses of Coffee, Caffeine and Maca. They all increase metabolism. But heed moderation - overdoing certain stimulants like caffeine-laden energy drinks and too much coffee will burn out our adrenal glands.
Mindful eating combined + portion control and a few changes in your diet will yield positive results. Make 2015 your best year yet!