Chill Out and Heat Up
Do you enjoy a nice long soak in a hot tub full of water hot enough to blister your skin? Who doesn’t? How about spending time in a steamy sauna with sweat pouring off your body? Maybe you like turning your thermostat down in the winter till it’s so cold you can see your breath in the house when you talk?
If these activities appeal to you then slap yourself on the back (yes that will burn calories too) because heating yourself up and chilling yourself down have been shown to boost your metabolism by about 20%. Speaking of heat, add a bit of spice to your life and your food. Studies have shown that eating
spicy foods, those with cayenne pepper, or jalapeños or chili peppers will give a boost to your metabolism as well.
You thought that getting a good night’s rest was just to avoid getting those matching bags under your eyes, didn’t’ you? Well, think again. Research has shown that if you get enough sleep at night, up to 8 hours or more (if you need more) it will keep you from gaining weight. People who do not get enough rest are more prone to gaining weight. So get some rest.
While you’re resting, you’re avoiding stress. Stress is known to increase your chances of gaining weight. Stress releases a steroid called cortisol which depresses your metabolism, thereby encouraging your little soldiers to conserve calories as fat. Avoid stress at all costs.
In the battle of the bulge and the fight against fat, boosting your metabolism is one of the best weapons you can have in your arsenal. Learn that increasing your metabolism means not starving yourself, it means getting out there and putting on some lean muscle mass, eating small meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar level and it even means avoiding stress.
Getting your internal fire burning will help you lose weight and feel better about yourself. Who could ask for more?