Check your sleep schedule.
Getting enough sleep and adopting a consistent sleep schedule 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.
Try intermittent fasting.
It sounds crazy, but you may want to try 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 6 PM and drink water for the remainder of the evening. They wake up, 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,” 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, for example, 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,”says Carina Sohaili, board certified celebrity nutrition and health counselor and creator of Vibrant Healthy Life. “Cayenne pepper also contains high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, and essential minerals.” Add cayenne pepper to your salads, soups, and meals for a zesty kick and huge health benefits.
It takes more calories to digest celery than celery actually contains. For example, a stalk of celery contains six calories, but takes seven calories for your body to process it, which therefore makes it a “negative calorie” food.
Cook with coconut oil.
Coconut oil has become an essential part of every healthy household, with benefits ranging from a useful moisturizer to promoting oral health and everything in between. But can it boost metabolic rate? The answer seems to be yes. “Ideally, choose extra virgin coconut oil to ensure you are consuming the purest form of the oil with all of its natural benefits,” Levy says. “Coconut oil is comprised of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are easy to digest and quickly absorbed into the body to be used for energy and not stored as fat. On the contrary,” she explains, “vegetable oils are comprised of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) which have longer chains linked together and require the help of liver enzymes for digestion.”
Cinnamon is a great natural metabolism-boosting spice. “I carry a small container of cinnamon in my purse and sprinkle it on everything,” says Sohaili. “This saucy spice is great for stabilizing energy levels because it does not spike your blood sugar. Cinnamon also helps with stomach cramps and nausea.” Get in the habit of sprinkling some in your morning coffee or tea, on your whole wheat toast, or in your afternoon snack.
Hello, fat-burning, metabolism-boosting nutrition powerhouse! Garlic is great for balancing blood sugar levels, which will help to reduce your energy highs and lows. It also helps to curb cravings for unhealthy foods. Garlic also builds up your immune system, lowers high blood pressure, and helps dissolve blood clots. “Another added bonus is that it is packed with a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to help fight off infectious diseases,” says Sohaili.