Five Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism


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Sedentary lifestyles, poor eating habits and simply aging all can put a damper on your metabolism, and that can hinder your weight loss efforts. Metabolic Research Center offers five easy ways to speed up your metabolism and boost your efforts to slim down.

  1. Get your Zs: Results of a four-year joint study by the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University found that adults who regularly slept for only five hours a night saw a 14.9-percent increase in their levels of hunger-inducing ghrelin and a 15.5-percent decrease in their levels of appetite-suppressing leptin. This left them feeing hungrier throughout the day, which led to overeating during meals and snacking between them. Make sure you get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
  2. Eat breakfast: Breakfast is the most skipped meal in America and that's a shame - especially for those who mistakenly believe it will help them lose weight. Instead, a healthy, high-fiber breakfast can kick start your metabolism and help you to feel fuller throughout the day.
  3. Raise a glass - Of water, that is: Even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism by as much as three percent. But a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking just 17 ounces of water can increase your metabolic rate by 30 percent.
  4. Spice things up: Eating spicy foods flavored with jalapeños, chili peppers, curry and cayenne will temporarily boost your internal body heat, which can lend a metabolism boost and stimulate the use of stored fat as energy. Plus, spicy foods tend to make you feel fuller quicker, reducing the chances of your overeating.
  5. Count on Calcium: Research shows that getting plenty of calcium each day can boost your basal metabolic rate, which can significantly aid in weight loss. One study funded by the National Dairy Council showed that a high-calcium, low-calorie diet boosted fat loss by 42 percent, compared to only 8 percent for with a low-calorie diet that lacked in calcium. 

For more weight loss tips and guidance, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation with the Metabolic Research Center location nearest you. 

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