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13 Natural Steps To Activate Your Body’s Own Natural Fat Burning Hormones
We all know someone who seems to be able to eat anything and everything, yet they never seem to gain a pound. These people seem to have naturally high metabolisms that burn off all their calories and gives them plenty of energy.
Now while you can’t change your genes so that you get that super high metabolism, you can do things to naturally increase it.
Keep reading and discover 13 natural steps you can take to increase your metabolism so that you become a fat burning machine that has energy to spare!
1. Get Your Rest
It is a proven fact that not getting enough sleep makes you grumpy and fat. Rearrange your schedule so that you get 7 to 9 hours of sleep almost every day. Your body uses this time to “reset” your metabolism for the next day as well as cleaning out old hormones while making new hormones.
2. Eat Frequent Meals
You might think that skipping meals means skipping calories, but studies show that the exact opposite is true. When you skip meals, you tend to overeat at the next meal or you snack because you are hungry. Eating 3 regular meals each day with two snacks will stop you from being hungry while keeping your metabolism running smoothly all day long.
3. Stay Hydrated
There is not a single function in the body that can work without water. Be sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day so that your metabolism, along with the rest of your systems, can stay working at peak performance.
4. Eat Clean Foods
The majority of your diet should be made up of vegetables, protein, fruits and whole grains. Processed foods contain toxins and stop the body from working the way it should, especially when it comes to your metabolism. Eat the way Mother Nature intended you to eat: natural foods and organic meats.
5. Cold Showers
Try ending your morning shower with a 10 second blast of cold water. This immediately improves your circulation and stimulates the metabolism.
6. Don’t Forget Breakfast
Your metabolism naturally slows down overnight. You can tell your body that it’s time to get back to normal by eating breakfast. Try eating some protein in the morning to really get your metabolism up and working.
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7. Epsom Salt Bath
Soaking in a hot bathtub with some Epsom salt is a great way to relax, detox, and naturally increase your metabolism. Add two cups of Epsom salts to your bath two or three times each week to naturally keep your metabolism working at its best.
8. Get Your Sunshine One
Vitamin D does so much more for our health than we are even aware of. You can get plenty of vitamin D simply by spending some time in the sunlight. Higher levels of vitamin D in the blood have been linked to lower rates of disease as well as to a healthy metabolism. Try your best to get 20 to 30 minutes of sunlight on your bare skin each day.
9. Portion Control
The old saying “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” is a good practice to get in the habit of. Make breakfast your biggest meal of the day but limit what you eat in the evenings when your metabolism is getting ready to shut down for the night.
10. Get Some Exercise
You don’t have to run a marathon to get the benefits that exercise has to offer. Simply get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Try walking on your lunch break and getting some extra time in walking the dog each afternoon.
11. Don’t Forget Calcium
Believe it or not, studies have shown that those who get enough calcium each day tend to weigh less than those who don’t. Be sure to add some yogurt, hard cheese, or even some milk into your daily diet to keep your metabolism working at its absolute best.
12. Eat Protein Filled Snacks
Think of protein as fuel for your metabolism furnace. Instead of having junk food as a snack, try protein filled snacks such as peanut butter (or other types of nut butters), ham roll ups, or other types of protein filled snacks.
13. Don’t Forget HIIT
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Therapy. This has been a scientifically proven way to super charge your metabolism. HIIT simply means that you do short bursts of intense activity followed by a rest period. You can do this pretty easily by running to the bus stop, doing jumping jacks during television commercials, or any time you have a minute or two to get your heart rate going.
If you follow these tips, you cannot lose! Well, you can’t lose anything but a few pounds anyway!