We all know one of those naturally thin people – you know, the people who could literally live on burgers, fries and ice cream but still manage to maintain a perfect body because of their super active metabolism. If you are not blessed with a super fast metabolism but are looking to lose a bit of weight in time for summer, you’ll be pleased to know that it is possible to boost your metabolism fairly easily.
According to fitness expert Jenna Wolfe, drinking a set amount of water as soon as you wake up in the morning is extremely effective in helping to boost your metabolism. “I drink 20 sips of water. It wakes me up, kickstarts the day, revs up the metabolism, and curbs that insatiable hunger I have first thing,” she told Well+Good.
While this may seem like a fairly specific amount, a 2003 study found that drinking half a litre of water first thing in the morning had the ability to boost the metabolic rate of both men and women by 30 percent.
“Think of drinking water after waking up as an alarm clock for your metabolism,” writes health expert Sean Russel. “This morning water kick starts your metabolism and has been proven to increase your calorie burning potential throughout the day.”
If you find it difficult to drink water, try infusing your water with mint, lemon or blueberries to make your water more appealing.
Watermelon/cucumber: these two things can help the body flush out toxins.
Lemon/Lime: these citrus fruits help to stimulate and regulate the digestive track.
Mint: this also helps you digest more effectively. Mint is also known to relax cramped stomach muscles. More importantly, it tastes delicious (especially with blueberries!)
Blueberries: when these berries are in season the world is a better place. Blueberries are not only delicious but are the most nutrient dense berry. They are the king of antioxidants, perfect for protecting our bodies from damage by free radicals – think ageing skin and cancer.