If you have a naturally slow metabolism, have noticed your metabolism slowing down as you age, or simply have a lot of belly fat: you need tips on boosting your metabolism and getting rid of some body fat. Too much belly fat can lead to serious diseases like diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Here are some nutritious ways to lose weight or simply help boost your metabolism.
- Avoid BPA. It is not all about your exercise and eating habits. Those are crucial, but you should also be careful about what chemicals are around you. Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in plastic containers, canned foods and many other things. You may have seen plastic bottles now advertising BPA free. It can mess with your metabolism, especially if you’re obese.
- Eat more foods with folate. Folate can reverse and prevent any effects from junk foods and BPA. It can also prevent cancers, so load up. Eat more broccoli, spinach, beans, chickpeas and other folate-filled foods.
- While you’re at it, load up on cruciferous vegetables. Fill your plate with vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, bok choy and cabbage. These veggies can also protect you from depression, dementia and cardiovascular disease among other things.
- Be careful with charred meats. Grilling your meats and eating charred meats can be bad for you. They contain a cancer causing chemical that is called nitrosamine and can screw with your metabolism.
- Ditch the soda. Soda is a leading cause of obesity and a bad metabolism. Switch to water or tea and limit your intake of high fructose corn syrup. Don’t be fooled: diet soda is just as unhealthy.
- Don’t skip breakfast. Think of it this way. You’ve been sleeping for hours and your body has been working on repairing and rebuilding cells. This takes a lot of energy. If you skip breakfast, you aren’t replenishing that energy, so your body won’t be as likely to kick start your metabolism and burn calories. Eat a healthy breakfast and you can set up your body to burn more calories all day.
- Eat yogurt as a snack every day. Try greek yogurt that contains protein for an even healthier snack that will keep you on track. Look for low sugar or no sugar added. It is a light snack that can help your digestion system, keep you full and consequently is great for your metabolism.
- Go ahead, enjoy daily cups of tea and coffee. Green tea is especially beneficial. Green tea contains EGCG, which is a natural antioxidant that boosts metabolism. Caffeine in coffee and green tea also speeds up your heart rate naturally, which helps burn calories. Try drinking these in moderation and in hot form because drinking a warm drink naturally makes you drink slower. Drinking slower can help maintain blood sugar levels and slow down how many calories you eat while you’re drinking your coffee or tea. This can lead to boosting your metabolism.
Remember that your best bet for losing weight and boosting your metabolism is eating healthy, small meals throughout the day and exercising regularly. Don’t try to take the easy way out and consult your doctor before you start any new diets or exercise routines.
Do you have a fast or slow metabolism? Do you feel your metabolism has changed over the years? Will you try any of these tips? Let us know!