15 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism (Without Exercise)
We won’t deny that making fitness part of your routine is incredibly important for health and wellness.
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It’s not the total picture, though.
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There’s lots of other habits you can embrace —from how you work to what you eat—that can boost your metabolism and kickstart your weight loss.
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Here are 15 simple ways:
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Drink two glasses of ice water as soon as you wake up.
The water jump starts your body from sleep mode into awake mode, while the coolness of the water starts shunting water from the internal organs to the peripheral muscles. “That gets your blood pumping and blood flowing, which boosts your metabolism one to two percent,” says Kian Ameli, owner of the Concord, California location of Momentum Fitness.
Water is the single most important thing our bodies need, but so many of us walk around mildly dehydrated every day. “Our bodies will become metabolically sluggish without getting the water it needs. German researchers found that drinking six cups or 48 ounces of very cold water a day requires the body to expend more calories in trying to warm the water to body temperature. This can result in an increase in resting metabolism by 50 calories a day,” says Deborah Orlick Levy, M.S., R.D. and Carrington Farms health and nutrition consultant. This may not seem like much, but if you do this every day for a year, you can lose up to five pounds just by making this change.
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Get a standing desk.
You can also just put your laptop on a high table. “The requirements of standing vs. sitting are profound, because while we are sitting, we don’t have to use any muscles. Standing does not need to be done all day either. One to two-hour standing sessions can boost your metabolism,” says Ameli.
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Try “contrast” showers.
A contrast shower is one where you start off with warm water for two to three minutes, then change the water temperature to cool for 30 to 45 seconds. “While this may sound slightly unpleasant, the contrast shower will relax blooded vessels during the warm phase and contract them during the cool phase,” says Ameli. This has major impact on your body’s circulatory system, as well as having a relaxing effect on our “fight or flight” reflexes. The latter helps us sleep deeper, and better sleep leads to improved energy throughout the day and increased metabolism.
Check your sleep schedule.
Getting enough sleep and making your sleep schedule consistent can help improve your metabolism. “The body is a machine and needs efficient rest to reboot. Sleep is the best way to look and feel better from the inside out,” says Shanna Israel, lifestyle/wellness expert and CEO of Vertical Wellness.
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Try intermittent fasting.
This is an eating schedule where you eat all of your meals in a short period of time and fast during the rest of the day. “I have my clients finish eating dinner at 6pm and drink water for the remainder of the evening. They wake up and drink cold water and skip breakfast. The eating phase begins at lunch time. It takes a while to get used to this, but you will see great results such,” says Dr. Rawle Shewprashad, a personal trainer.
Eat spicy foods.
Hot peppers have been linked to reducing obesity and related disorders because they increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation by increasing the metabolism.
Cayenne pepper improves digestion, blood circulation and increases energy levels. “This precious pepper creates heat in the digestive tract that helps your body store food more effectively, improving digestion and aiding in feelings of satisfaction. Cayenne pepper also contains high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and essential minerals,” says Carina Sohaili, board certified celebrity nutrition and health counselor and creator of Vibrant Healthy Life. Add cayenne pepper to your salads, soups and meals for a zesty kick and huge health benefits.
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It takes more calories to digest celery than it contains. For example, a stalk of celery contains six calories, but takes seven calories for your body to process it. Therefore, it is a negative calorie food.