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6 Natural Metabolism Boosters You’ll Actually Enjoy

If you want some tips on how to lost weight and are looking for ways to increase metabolism, you’ve come to the right place. I love to eat and I’ve had a hard time maintaining what some might refer to as a “healthy weight” ever since I can remember. In fact, I’ve pretty much always been on the “sweet Jesus you’re so skinny” side and I’m pretty sure my mom used to call me Skeletor. Thankfully, I grew up with a best friend who was always taller and skinnier than me, so I didn’t really start to develop a complex about it until more recently. Now that she hasn’t been around to compare myself to, I’m starting to wonder whether I might in fact be “too skinny.” Either way, if you too want to edge your way to the skinnier side of things by boosting your metabolism, here are six of the least offensive and most enjoyable, fool proof, natural tactics for keeping your metabolism chugging at Mach speed.

Metabolism Booster #1: Drink Lots of Green Tea

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Green tea and weight loss go hand in hand like pierogies and sour cream. Long touted as a panacea for everything from removing toxins, negating oxidative stress, and preventing cancer, to enhancing energy and improving immunity, green tea has more recently been examined in the lab for its role in weight loss and metabolism. In addition to conclusive evidence from in vitro and animal studies examining the functional mechanisms of green tea catechins and their biological actions, an increasing number of human studies have explored the effects of these compounds on obesity, type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors. Studies examining the relationship of body fat and ingesting catechins found in green tea, have shown them to play a significant role in body fat reduction. In one twelve week long double-blind study investigating the effects of catechins on body fat reduction, researchers found that body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, body fat mass, and subcutaneous fat area were significantly lower in the group that drank green tea extract than in the control group. Studies suggest a dose response relationship, so keeping the green tea flowing en masse is one of the best ways to speed up your metabolism.

Metabolism Booster #2: Bathe in Natural Hot Springs

 

Metabolism Boosters Benefits of Hot SpringsDue to their unique properties, natural hot springs have long been touted for their role in boosting metabolism. Throughout history, cultures around the world have relied on therapeutic baths (or balneotherapy) as an integral part of their lifelong health regiment. My home country of Poland, for instance, where I spent my first 7 years, has a tradition of natural spas and health resorts boasting “curative waters” that dates back to the 13th century. From healing mud, mineral waters and natural springs gushing therapeutic brines, Poland, a country the size of New Mexico has more than 41 different spa towns, containing approximately 70 resorts, each of which holds the promise of improved health and increased metabolism. Notably, due to the medical community’s general acceptance of their various healing properties, and thanks to health insurance plans which cover the treatments, the Polish people are able to enjoy these resorts at little to no cost. Research suggests that one way in which hot springs play a role in improving digestion and jacking up metabolism is through an increase in hydrostatic body pressure, which results in heightened blood circulation, cell oxygenation, and a stimulation of the body’s elimination system. This series of events appears to enhance the body’s detoxifying and metabolizing capacities. In addition to increased hydrostatic body pressure, hot springs also make you sweat. Furthermore, although the weight loss observed as a result of sweating is mostly a drop in water weight, which is replenished once you re-hydrate, your body does burn extra calories while working to cool itself and maintain optimal body temperature.

Metabolism Booster #3: Eat All the Time

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When it comes to my metabolism, I employ the age-old use it or lose it framework, with which several metabolic benefits are associated. One benefit of eating all day long is that your body will become accustomed to being fed, and in expecting to receive constant nutrition, your organism will have no reason to become thrifty with the nourishment it receives. This means your body won’t hold on to food in fear of not having enough to get you through the day. Slowing metabolism between meals, bodies that aren’t fed regularly, have to learn to disperse the food they do receive throughout much longer periods of time. As such, they slow metabolism so as not to use too much food too soon incase more doesn’t come. So be weary of cutting calories, because once you trick your metabolism into believing that times are tough, it will put the breaks on fat burning to conserve energy. Constant nibbling also helps maintain steady blood sugar levels, thus preventing insulin spikes, which are known to promote weight gain. Another benefit of eating all day long is providing your organism with a constant and steady flow of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats that are necessary for metabolism to occur in the first place. If you want to go the extra mile, look up foods that boost metabolism and begin including them in your daily diet. The final trick to eating all day long is making sure that the things you’re putting into your organism are natural and able to be digested. If you eat processed, chemie-laden foods and snacks, your body will not know how to break them down, so if you want a normal metabolism, facilitate it with natural nutrition.

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Metabolism Booster #4: Sexercise

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Provided you aren’t being lazy, sex is a common cure for many maladies including love handles. Burning 200+ calories per half hour, sexual intercourse can provide an equivalent to running vigorously for the same amount of time and it’s way more fun. Sex also constitutes a high-intensity interval workout and interval workouts are regularly touted as wonder workers for burning fat even after you leave the gym (or the sack). By naturally boosting levels of hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, dopamine, and oxytocin, which have all been implicated in maintaining healthy body metabolism and preventing metabolic syndrome, sexual intercourse also plays an indirect role in enhancing the rate at which your body processes what you put inside it. So, instead of feeling guilty over your next slice of German Chocolate Cake, just follow it up with ample sexy time and a cup of green tea. If you want to learn more about why sex is good for you check out this article on the benefits of sex.

Metabolism Booster #5: Build More Muscle

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Even at rest, your body is constantly burning calories, and muscle, which not only weighs more than fat, but also utilizes more energy, is essential to keeping this resting rate of calorie burning at healthy highs. Compared to each pound of fat, which burns only two calories per day, each pound of muscle burns approximately six calories. Although a four pound calorie burn difference may not seem like much, pound for pound it adds up over time. Increasing muscle does’t just boost resting metabolism, however. It also serves to multiply the number of calories you burn while exercising or engaging in everyday tasks, meaning you get significantly more bang for your buck whether you’re napping, sexercising, or doing pull-ups in the woods.

Metabolism Booster #6: Hydrate

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Your organism requires water to process food and burn calories, so if the body becomes even slightly dehydrated, metabolism tends to slow down. Drinking clean water (i.e. not chemie water full of chlorine, fluoride and who knows what else…) and eating plenty of raw, water-heavy vegetables and fruits will help your body stay hydrated, thus increasing your metabolism. As a vital part of the metabolic process, maintaining plenty of water in your system will also aid it in cleansing itself of biological junk and toxins.

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