Speeding up your metabolism is one of the best ways to lose weight PERMANENTLY—it’s just that simple! The faster your metabolism runs, the more calories you burn every day. The more calories you burn, the quicker your body starts burning off fat instead of just keeping it as the energy in your bloodstream. And over time, you’ll be able to a certain extent not care about what you eat and how it’ll affect your weight. So, without further ado, here are 8 great ways you can speed up your metabolism—remember, these are just small lifestyle changes–keep them up and you’ll be surprised what your body is capable of doing on its own.
1. Get Moving
Don’t expect workouts alone to help you lose weight and get in shape! You can spend an hour or more in the gym every day, but that won’t counteract the effects of sitting down for six to 10 hours a day. Move around more by walking to the water cooler every half-hour, taking the stairs, parking at the opposite end of your parking lot and taking a walk over your lunch break. The more you move, the more you burn!
2. Lift Heavy
Women should lift heavy weight just like men. Lifting weights shreds muscle fiber, forcing your body to use energy to recover and rebuild the muscle tissue. A weight-training session will raise your metabolic rate for hours after your workout, and it will stimulate your body to release anabolic (growth) hormones that will speed up fat burning.
3. Don’t Overdo It On Cardio
While cardio is good for weight loss, too much cardio can slow your metabolism. Focus on a high-intensity cardio workout (sprints, martial arts, HIIT, etc.), and spend most of your gym time lifting weights instead of jogging or slow cycling.
4. Don’t Cut Too Much
Did you know that low-calorie and low-carb diets have a metabolism-slowing effect? You may lose some body fat, but you’ll end up regaining all the weight thanks to your slowed metabolism. This is because your body has a natural survival instinct that kicks in when you’re not eating enough or maintaining a properly-balanced diet. If you’re going to cut carbs or calories, do it slowly, and make time for a “cheat meal” once a week to keep your body working.
5. Cheat at least once a week
Studies have proven that the occasional “cheat meal” (meals that are high in calories, carbs and fat) can keep your metabolism blazing without ruining your diet. Enjoy one “cheat meal” a week, and it will prevent slowdowns that come with dieting.
6. Eat More
We’re not talking about eating more food, but rather a greater variety of food. The average North American eats just 20 or so foods, while people who live longer tend to eat upwards of 200. Okinawans, the longest-lived people in the world, eat up to 400 different foods! While a garden salad is a good start, it’s time to break out of your rut and find new foods to add to your menu. Don’t be content with less than 150 different foods in your home—start with 30 and work your way up to 15o in no time!
7. Hydrate with water
Drinking water and water only is the key to a blazing metabolism. If you are dehydrated, your metabolic rate slows down. Drink no less than 4 quarts of water per day (that’s almost 4 litres to all you Brits and Aussies), not including what you drink in coffee or tea.
8. Try the 2 Week Diet
If you’re still unsure about what to eat and what to avoid, don’t worry you’re not alone. There is this little-known diet plan called the 2 Week Diet. Many popular diets these days leave you starving, restricting calories to the point that your metabolism actually SLOWS—but the 2 Week Diet plan will teach you what to eat and when to eat to get your metabolism revving and humming along just fine. Getting your food and eating habits in check will boost your metabolism allowing you to shed weight and shed it fast.
Women who have followed the 2 Week Diet reported losing up to 20 pounds and 2-4 inches from their waist in just a matter of 2 weeks—the methods in the 2 Week Diet are all backed by science. Check out this video on the 2 Week Diet now to learn more about how to follow the diet—and get to your ideal weight in 14 days.