Do you have a friend that douses everything in hot sauce because she heard somewhere that it can help to speed up her metabolism? Well, DailyBurn disputes the myth, as well as other myths like skipping meals slows down metabolism, everything you eat late at night turns to fat and people can’t control their metabolisms.
While hot sauce might not help to speed up your metabolism, there are a ton of healthy ways to control and speed up your “slow” metabolism. Here are five:
Eat More Protein
What you eat directly impacts your metabolism. Research from the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that people who eat adequate amounts of protein burn more energy while at rest. Protein also helps to keep you feeling full, for longer.
Go to Bed
Night owl? Reconsider your late-night Netflix binges and hit the hay early. People who are sleep deprived have a decreased ability to keep their blood sugar levels under control and usually find themselves craving high-carb foods in the late-night hours. Not only can sleep affect your mood and how you feel the next day, getting shut-eye can also speed up your metabolism.
Drinking water has been linked to how many calories you burn during the day. A study from the Department of Medicine at The University of Fribourg in Switzerland shows that drinking 500 ml of cool water causes a 30 percent increase in a persons metabolic rate. The process is called thermogenesis. During thermogenesis your body works to bring the water to body temperature, which results in calories being burned. Other drinks, like green tea which is rich in antioxidants, can raise your resting metabolism by four percent.
Eat Your Veggies
Leafy, pulpy foods like fruits and veggies and whole grains require more energy to properly digest which can add up to a 10 percent increase in calorie burn. Small dietary modifications can make a big difference in controlling your metabolism.
Have you noticed that when you’re stressed you turn to your favorite foods as a way to de-stress? Stress that leads to high-calorie snacking can potentially slow down your metabolism. If your job is stressing you out or there’s some other major stressor in your life, take a break, practice meditation or do some quick exercises to decompress and most of all avoid your sugary, high-calorie indulgences.
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