For many of us, finding the motivation and time to exercise regularly in order to lose weight can be difficult, but there are ways to boost your metabolism without the need to break a sweat.
Below are some unexpected ways to shed the pounds, and they are all simple enough to incorporate into your daily life.
When the human body is faced with cooler temperatures, it has to work harder to keep warm. Therefore, simple tricks such as drinking cold water and keeping your heating down can make a big difference to how many calories you burn. Just by drinking eight glasses of cold water a day you could be burning up to 70 calories, whilst lowering your bedroom temperature to 19C will see you burn 7% more calories while you sleep. That’s approximately 100 calories for every 24 hours you are in bed.
Standing up to do tasks such as making a phone call or applying your makeup before work will help your body burn an extra 42 calories a hour. This is because standing makes your heart beat faster, meaning more oxygen is needed. As a result, your metabolism starts working harder to convert calories into energy. According to Dr John Buckley – who led a study into the benefits of standing at Chester University – standing for three to four hours a day can help to burn up to 30,000 extra calories a year.
Skipping breakfast is a dieting sin; especially as your body needs food after a night-long fast to kick-start the metabolism for the day ahead. If you do not eat within at least an hour of waking up, your body will worry about how to fuel itself throughout the day and so will cut down on calorie burning. To ensure your breakfast effectively boosts your metabolism, go for a protein and carbohydrate mix such as a lean bacon sandwich or scrambled eggs with toast.
Ditch decaf coffee
According to a study in the American magazine Physiology & Behaviour, decaf coffee drinkers will have a much slower metabolism than regular coffee drinkers. This is because caffeine increases the heart rate, boosting your metabolism and providing energy, albeit temporarily. If you’re concerned your sugar and milk intake may cancel out any weight-loss benefits of a regular cuppa, switch to green tea instead. As well as caffeine it includes an antioxidant that has been shown to act as a metabolism booster.
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