For some time now, I’ve been fortunate to manage a sky-high metabolism while eating the foods I enjoy without wavering too far from my weight range. I know, however, this wasn’t always the case (especially in college), and I can understand the struggle many people face to burn as much as they consume. For starters, here are some tips that have worked for me.
It turns out that one of the easiest ways to help boost your metabolism may be found right outside your door, particularly early in the morning. One study found that individuals who experienced an increased exposure to sunlight had a lower body mass index (or body fat level) independent of other factors affecting metabolism. “We found that the earlier this light exposure occurred during the day, the lower individuals’ body mass index,” says study author Kathryn Reid, a research associate professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Greet your day with protein
We know how important it is to eat breakfast each day. Why not make the most of your first meal of the day by eating something rich in protein? A protein-rich breakfast–-such as eggs or peanut butter on toast–- will keep your belly satisfied until lunchtime and can help stave off any unhealthy cravings until then.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that can be found in foods like yogurt or fermented vegetables that promote good digestive health. You might be wondering how bacteria would be beneficial for your body, but probiotics contain healthy bacteria that actually nourish your gut. Not to mention, they also reduce the number of calories you absorb from food.
Go for the green
What’s the big deal about green tea? Well, it is rich in antioxidants, particularly catechin, which may boost metabolism that could amount to burning a few dozen extra calories per day. According to a 2013 study done by the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, patients who consumed four cups of green tea per day experienced a reduction in weight and systolic blood pressure in comparison to the control group without green tea intake for two months.