Yeh bhi tight ho gaya! Ah, there you go again. You’ve lost count of the number of clothes that have tightened around your waist in a matter of a few days – clothes that have been bought quite recently. Not just that, you often find yourself less hungry than you used to be and you very conveniently blame it on the rising summer heat. And, despite being less hungry throughout the day, your sudden cravings for a spicy chaat or that delicious peri-peri fries haven’t gone down. Chances are that these are obvious signs of slow metabolism, which usually never fails to rear its head especially after you hit 30.
So, here’s a list for you to learn more about how to boost your metabolism and #BeALittleMore aware of your health.
1. Pani Piyo At Regular Intervals
How many times have you reminded yourself of this? You have perhaps even set a reminder on your phone just to keep a tab of your daily water intake. And yet most of you still lag behind in fulfilling your required intake of water of 1.5 to 2 litres daily. A study found out that drinking 2 tall glasses of water improves metabolic rates by as much as 30 per cent. Hence, the study concluded that drinking 1.5 litres of water every day can burn 17,400 more calories over a span of a year, thus, boosting metabolism.
2. Green Tea Or Oolong Tea Leni Chai-ye
Green tea and oolong tea is enriched with the goodness of antioxidants that encourages the release of fat from fat cells. It also accelerates the ability of the liver to turn fat into energy. Research says that an intake of 4 to 5 cups of green tea every day, followed by a 25-minute fitness schedule, helped in losing 2 pounds and more belly fat, than those who did not undergo this routine.
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3. Coffee Bhi Kaafi Achchi Hai
The caffeine content in coffee can boost metabolism by 3 to 11 per cent. However, studies believe that this is more effective among lean women than obese women. The study found that coffee triggered fat burning by 29 per cent of lean women as compared to 10 per cent of obese women. Nonetheless, caffeine in coffee plays an essential role in helping in losing weight due to its effect on aft burning and metabolism.
4. Hason Muskurao More Often
Studies show that humans stop laughing and smiling as much as they used to when they were children. Life saps the energy out of you as you grow, we get that! But do it more often for the sake of your health and metabolism. According to research, spontaneous laughter leads to a 10 to 20 per cent increase in resting heart period and basal energy expenditure. This implies that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes may burn up to 40 to 170 calories. So, start a giggle-fest now. You got this!
5. AC Temperature Kum Rakho
Here’s your cue to boost metabolism without any effort at all. All you need to do is keep the temperature of your AC a notch lower to burn the reserves of “bad fat”. Decreasing the temperature helps in burning through this bad fat and making the most of the brown or good fat that keeps you warm.
6. Organic Khao
How your body utilises the energy contributed to your body through foods that you eat is decided by your hormones. Due to the presence of a host of hormones, your body has to perform a difficult balancing job to ensure that you remain lean yet energised all the time. However, the hormone residues in today’s inorganic foods make it a challenge for your body to continue with its normal functions. Hence, organic foods are the way to go for boosting your metabolism.
7. Healthy Khao, Piyo, Pachao
If you think that you have to eat less to boost your metabolism and lose weight, you can’t be further away from the truth. The difference lies in eating healthy over skipping meals or eating less to pump up your metabolism. Consuming fewer calories than what your body needs causes a loss of muscle mass, which in fact slows down your metabolism. On the other hand, skipping meals altogether slows down the speed at which your body burns calories.
8. Egg Yolk Khao
You are right to believe that the egg yolk is not as fat-free as the egg white. Besides, the egg white is also low in calories and comprises most of the protein that an egg is known for. However, the yolk contains certain metabolism-boosting nutrients like essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. To top that, it also contains choline, which specialises in attacking the gene mechanism that is responsible for storing fat around the liver.
9. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Use Karo
Healthy monounsaturated fats like olive oil aid in losing weight, encourage normal bodily functions and maximise metabolism. It also controls hunger and ensures that nutrients pass through the body, as required by the body.
10. Fitness Routine Follow Karo
Ah, you can’t emphasise enough on this cliche. How much you plan on introducing a few minutes of exercise every day usually always falls flat on its nose. Every time. But pareshan mat ho. Here’s some good news for you. A study believes that five 30-second bursts of vigorous cycling, followed by 4-minutes rest, burn 200 more calories than a regular fitness routine. The metabolism that this activity will boost is expected to last between one and two days.
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11. Diet Soda Ko Avoid Karo
Despite it being devoid of calories (or so it says), the artificial sweeteners in diet soda rip off the body’s natural metabolic response to sugar, thus, increasing appetite. However, consumption of such sodas is closely linked to metabolic syndrome, weight gain, along with several other health conditions.
12. Stress Mat Lo
Stress makes the body metabolise food slower than the normal pace. What’s more, our food cravings during such times are invariably bent towards unhealthy, fatty foods that do more harm than good. This disrupts our metabolism even further. The blend of stress and high-cal food cravings is detrimental to your metabolism and health in general because it can lead to major weight gain. Keep stress at bay with some full-throated laughter to give a leg up to your metabolism.
Now that you have an exhaustive list of how to go about boosting your metabolism, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get started.
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