“15 EASY WAYS TO SPEED UP YOUR METABOLISM” by Men’s Health for Active.com contains a mixed list of means to help increase body metabolism that don’t involve exercise. A proposed scientific basis for each action item is provided. The authors also offer other useful information about how to make changes.
Whether or not making these changes significantly boosts the rate at which your body burns fuel, doing so can contribute to a healthy lifestyle if appropriately incorporated into your daily routine and diet.
Here they are briefly stated; the slideshow article has more discussion:
-Stand and move more
-Increase PROTEIN intake
-Add calcium (milk/dairy)
-Drink adequate water (stay hydrated)/ make it iced
-Increase vitamin D (salmon) intake
-Switch to ORGANIC FOODS (eliminating organochlorine pesticides)
HOT PEPPERY FOODS (capsaicin)
IRON-RICH FOODS (Spinach, lean meats, shellfish, beans)
FIBER-RICH FOODS (fruits and vegetables)
ARGININE-RICH FOODS (watermelon)
-DRINK coffee and tea (caffeine and catechins)
Some dietary items overlap a bit and adding certain foods may take care of more than one suggested change.
PROTEIN: For example to increase protein, you might add dairy products to boost the amount, especially if they were previously lacking, thereby also increasing calcium intake. Or add salmon to increase protein +vitamin D. Canned salmon, with the soft bones mashed up with the flakes of fish, is a good source of calcium. It’s delicious on green leafy lettuce salads.
FIBER: dark leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, beet greens, etc) also contain IRON and calcium! Watermelon contains fiber too although not high amounts.
WATER: hydrate well and perhaps burn a few extra calories by drinking it icy COLD throughout the day. If you don’t like the taste or look of fat free MILK, drink it over ice; it is almost flavorless, like water, and is more refreshing when iced.
The very first way suggested by the article to increase metabolism (not on the list above) is NOT to diet. If you are trying to increase your metabolic rate to achieve weight loss by following the advice of the article alone you will be disappointed. Analysis of your current diet and elimination of calorie dense, low nutrient foods will be necessary.
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