1. Eat Breakfast
Food is the best way to stimulate your metabolism. Adding a balanced breakfast of high quality protein, fats, carbs, and fiber is going to not only get your metabolism cranked up early, it’s going keep your appetite down throughout the rest of the day.
2. Eat More Protein
Protein not only helps support the muscle mass you already have, it elevates your metabolism, and boosts your immune system to boot.
3. Eat Fewer Carbs
Despite what the RDA says, most people grossly overeat carbs and severely under eat complete proteins and healthy fats. Overeating of processed carbs has lead to a virtual epidemic of adult onset diabetes. Not only do the processed carbs have virtually zero nutritional value, they can cause rollercoaster energy levels which is what leads to the after dinner power nap that you feel like you need. When picking carb sources choose ones that are minimally processed, complex, and high in fiber.
4. Cut Out Calorie Containing Drinks
Sure, you’ve dropped that daily Twix bar, but do you know how many calories that Pepsi or Starbucks coffee your sucking down have in them? 8 ounces of Pepsi contains 28 grams of sugar and is 112 calories (even though it’s only advertised that it contains 100 calories). A Tall Starbucks Caramel Brulee with whipped cream is 310 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 55 grams of sugar. Simply switching to black coffee or using calorie free sweetners and switching to diet soda over the regular can save you a couple hundred calories per day.
5. Drink Green Tea
Green tea increases your metabolism, provides very potent antioxidants, and can actually help you sleep better. ‘Nuff said.
6. Eat Healthy Fats
There is a reason that there are essential fats and proteins but zero essential carbohydrates. Contrary to our physiology though, the general public takes in virtually no healthy fat sources such as fish oil, avocado, natural peanut butter, or olive oil just to name a few. These fats can help you lose weight (the fats in olive oil increase you resting metabolic rate), decrease your blood pressure, improve joint and mental function, and improve hair, skin and nail health.
7. Cook For Yourself
Simply put, if you cook it, you know exactly what’s in it and what source that it came from which makes it several times easier to control you calorie intake.
8. Eat More Fruits/Vegetables
Fruits and veggies are packed with trace minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber which is important for pretty much everything lol.