While exercise, diet and other lifestyle changes are quintessential to maintaining a healthy weight, an important part besides these is also having a revved body metabolism to process all the nutrients and meal components in a proper way. A sluggish metabolism can be a dampener in a weight loss routine.
No doubt, each one of us wants to know the secret of how to boost our metabolism.
Being wise and vigilant in our choice of foods is the key to rev-up our metabolism, because ultimately it is this choice of what we eat (or drink!) that manifests in our bodies. So, if you are looking at ways to lose those extra pounds or to naturally detox your body, here is a perfect solution.
1. Peppermint Green Tea
Drinking green tea can help you lose weight. Several studies have shown that the flavonoids and the caffeine in green tea can help boost your metabolic rate and also increase fat oxidation. One study showed that people who incorporated green tea into their diet lost an average of 2.9 pounds over a 12 week period, while sticking to their regular diet. Mint and lemon help prevent inflammation and also boost your metabolism. Just add seven cups of green tea to a jar and add some lemon slices. Keep the jar in the fridge and drink a glass of tea every day.
2. Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberries activate your metabolism. They contain anthocyanins that stop fat cells from getting larger and encourages them to release adiponectin, which is a hormone that helps reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar, and reverse leptin and insulin resistance. This milkshake also increases your protein intake, and if you want to tone up, you have to consume more protein. Add 1/2 liter of skimmed milk, 1 cup of strawberries, 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of light natural yogurt and a 1/4 cup of flax seeds in the blender. Blend and enjoy!
3. Fruit Smoothie
The main ingredient of this smoothie is grapefruit. Grapefruit has been known to help you lose weight, so much so that there is even a grapefruit diet. Grapefruit is high in fiber but low in carbohydrates, so it’ll keep you full but your hips won’t pay for it. The magic fruit is also known to reduce insulin levels. Blend two squeezed grapefruits, 2 slices of pineapple, 1 cup of raspberries and 1/2 glass of water.