4 Ways to boost Your Metabolism

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To many people, dieting is something that is just not worth it. Sure, there are health benefits and weight benefits to staying on a strict diet, but the amount of food and treats that one misses out on while on a diet is just too much to miss.

Fortunately that isn’t the way it has to be. Dieting to lose weight and be healthy does not always involve eating different foods or even less foods. There are many ways to lose weight and stay healthy besides cutting out your favorite chocolate bar. One of the best ways to both maintain a healthy weight, and lose weight to get to that healthy weight is by boosting your metabolism. Your metabolism is essentially how fast your body can digest and use the food that you eat. So if you do not want to eat less food, you can also just get your body to move through food quicker and have the same effect.

Here are five great tips for getting your metabolism going at a faster pace.

Drink more water

This is a simple method that many people use to speed up their metabolism. It is easy to do at work, or anywhere else for that matter. All you need to buy is a cheap water bottle and you are well on your way to making this work.

There are many studies that have been done that show that simply drinking water every hour can have profound results on your metabolism. If you drink a half liter of water it is said to boost your metabolism by up to 30%. What an easy way to get your body moving!

Increase your Collagen

Most people don’t even know what collagen is, making it hard to focus on. Collagen is actually the most abundant protein in the human body and can be found in many household products including lotion and vitamins. Collagen helps your body build lean muscle and helps it quickly metabolize a variety of nutrients. While you can’t go buy collagen straight at a grocery store,  here are a few good ways to increase your collagen levels.

Spicy food

This may be good news for some and awful news for others. For those that love spicy food, this is just another excuse to head to your favorite Mexican restaurant. Spicy foods usually contain a substance called capsaicin, an oil that has been proven multiple times over to increase your metabolism.

One thing to note is that adding spice to your food can only burn about an extra 10 calories per meals. While this may not seem like a lot, combining this with other steps can add up to a significant boost in your metabolism.

Try coconut oil instead

Most people cook with vegetable oil or some other similar type of oil. However, a recent trend has become coconut oil in all types of cooking. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fats, which are very different from the saturated fats you typically see in oils. These fats have been shown in multiple studies to increase your metabolism by up to 12%. They also taste almost exactly like regular cooking oil and have other health benefits besides just increasing your metabolism. The only real downside to using coconut oil is that it can be a little more expensive than your classic oils.

None of these will magically change your weight or help you lose large amounts of weight at one. However, all of these, done in conjunction with the others will give you a significant boost in metabolism that could allow you to lose those extra pounds without sacrificing all of those delicious treats.

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Easy Healthy Breakfasts for Your Busiest Mornings

Chilled Overnight Chia

Wake up to this dreamy, creamy breakfast that “cooks” itself overnight.

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Photo Credit: Mike Garten

PER SERVING (MILK & HONEY) 365 CAL, 12 G PRO, 57 G CAR, 12 G FAT (4 G SAT), 8 G FIBER, 70 MG SODIUM

LEVEL: Easy       YIELD: 4 servings

Ingredients

Milk & Honey
  • 2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 4 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • milk or unsweetened plant-based milk
Blueberry-Coconut
  • 2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 4 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • 3 c. light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • fresh blueberries
Brownie Batter
  • 2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 4 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • milk or unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 4 tbsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp. chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • chopped toasted hazelnuts
PB&J
  • 2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 4 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • milk or unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 4 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp. Strawberry jam
  • Sliced strawberries

Directions

  1. Milk & Honey: To each of four 16-ounce jars, add 1/2 cup oats, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2/3 milk. Cover; shake to combine. Refrigerate.
  2. Blueberry-Coconut: To each of four 16-ounce jars, add 1/2 cup oats, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon honey, and 3/4 cup coconut milk. Cover; shake to combine and refrigerate. To serve, stir 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest into each jar and top with blueberries.
  3. Brownie Batter: To each of four 16-ounce jars, add 1/2 cup oats, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon honey, 2/3 milk, 1 tablespoon and cocoa powder. Cover; shake to combine and refrigerate. After soaking, stir 1 tablespoon chocolate-hazelnut spread into each jar; top with hazelnuts.
  4. PB&J: To each of four 16-ounce jars, add 1/2 cup oats, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2/3 milk. Cover; shake to combine and refrigerate. After soaking, stir in 1 tablespoon peanut butter and top each jar with 1 tablespoon strawberry jam and strawberries.

Protein-Packed Shake Recipe

CHOCOLATE, PEANUT BUTTER, AND BANANA SHAKE

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You’d never guess that a cup of spinach is hiding in this delicious chocolate and peanut butter shake.

BLEND THIS:
12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
2 scoops chocolate flavored protein powder
1 banana
1 cup of spinach
2 tbsp of natural peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao nibs or dark cocoa powder

585 calories, 59 g protein, 22 g fat, 38 g carbs, 8 g fiber (accounts for using water as the fluid instead of milk or yogurt)

Shared from www.menshealth.com

PRE-WORKOUT SNACK

High Protein Oatmeal
Serves 2 (Each serving has 13 grams of protein)

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This high protein oatmeal recipe incorporates eggs to increase the protein while still keeping the usual oatmeal texture, and ground flaxseed adds some healthy fat to the mix! For a more filling breakfast, enjoy topped with berries, nuts, seeds, additional banana- whatever you like!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ripe banana, mashed

Instructions:
1) Mix all ingredients together in a pot on the stove; turn to medium high heat.
2) Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches normal oatmeal consistency and the eggs are no longer runny. This will take about 5 minutes.

MORE H2O

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Before you turn into a raisin inside and out…

Good old H2O is critical for rehydrating when the body experiences fluid loss, such as when we sweat while working out.

[TIP] Shoot to sip seven to 10 ounces of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise to stay properly hydrated.