11 Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism
AUGUST 28, 2013Good Housekeeping About 30% of your metabolism is under your control (the rest, devoted to such mundane but essential functions as digesting food and repairing cells, isn't). And as researchers get deeper into the physiology of weight regulation, they're fine-tuning their understanding of what it takes to ramp up that 30% and drop pounds. Happily, it starts with what you consume - the right foods at the right times.
1. Pack on the Protein
You need it to build muscles - the metabolic powerhouses in your body. Indeed, every pound of muscle zaps six calories a day just doing nothing, while a pound of fat burns a measly two. A 2012 review from the Netherlands found that eating a healthy amount of protein helps you drop pounds and keep them off. What's "a healthy amount"? The study authors suggest 1.2 grams of protein for each kilogram you weigh. So our 158-pound (72-kilogram) woman might eat 86 grams of protein a day - that's one egg at breakfast (6 grams), a tuna salad sandwich at lunch (16 grams), 4 ounces of fat-free cottage cheese for a snack (12 grams), and a 6-ounce chicken breast at dinner (52 grams).
2. Sprinkle on Spicy Extras
Chili peppers, ginger, and turmeric have all been found to have a beneficial, albeit small, effect on metabolism. Use them often-beyond the boost, "You'll be getting phytonutrients, and they make meals more flavorful," Stoler says.
3. Cure Sitting Sickness
If you make phone calls for one hour at your desk, you'll burn 15 calories, but if you do it while standing up and pacing, you'll blast 100 calories. It's called NEAT - Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis - and ongoing research at the Mayo Clinic has found that we can burn up to an additional 800 calories a day simply by getting off our keisters and moving around more. Not only does NEAT help drop pounds, but it also may have a greater impact on longevity than standard exercise.Read more: Yahoo Shine