Everyone wants to lose weight quickly (especially in show business…am I right?) but there is no magic pill that can make you thin in a month. However, there are several ways that you can jumpstart your weight loss by increasing your metabolism.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
This is the most basic and easiest way to jumpstart your weight loss. Drinking a lot of water and detoxifying herbal teas will help you flush all the harmful toxins from your body, boosting your metabolism by improving the efficiency of your thyroid functioning. Drink five glasses of water daily at the very least to keep your body at its best. Drinking a lot of water and herbal teas, especially first thing in the morning and before meals, will also curb your hunger and prevent you from binge eating.
If you are a person who struggles to drink enough water, you might consider adding a drop of lemon essential oil or grab a pitcher like this one that allows you to infuse your water naturally with fruits or vegetables. Personally, I’m a huge fan of citrus fruits or berries in my water.
(Note: Make sure you do your research if you are going to be ingesting essential oils. Many of the oils you’ll find even in a local health store are for aromatic or topical use only. If you’re looking for a brand you can trust for ingestible oils, this is my favorite.)
Get Enough Sleep
Your diet, your workout, and all the water that you consume will go to waste if you fail to get enough quality sleep. Good sleep helps to keep your hormones and your mood balanced. If your hormones and your mood are balanced, then your body will function more efficiently and will keep all your unnecessary cravings at bay. Make sure to give yourself a peaceful night of at least eight hours. If you’re looking for more ideas of how to up your sleep game, this book is absolutely awesome.
Hot Lemon Water
Drinking hot lemon water early in the morning before breakfast helps fire up your metabolism. (You can also substitute a drop of lemon essential oil. Again though…do your research to make sure it’s safe to ingest.)
Another way you can fire up your metabolism is by having a health shot of lemon, honey, ginger, and turmeric first thing in the morning. It might taste disgusting, but it has a dramatic impact on your metabolism. If you’re looking for a recipe, check this one out.
Drinking loads of water or green tea before a workout is an easy and efficient way to burn twice the amount of calories that you usually do.
Exercises that keep your heartbeat up are another way to burn a lot more calories and jumpstart your weight loss. You can add exercises like planks, burpees, and jumping jacks to get your heart pumping. Maybe consider trying out the Tabata method.
Some studies have shown that people who have a habit of fidgeting or bouncing their knees can burn up to 500 more calories a day. Fidget whizzer, anyone?
Turn Up the Heat
Spicy food burns more calories during digestion because it can fire up your metabolism. Add a few more spicy foods, like hot peppers, to your diet. You can add jalapeno in almost any dish you like, even in your eggs. Spices also add a ton of flavor with little to no calories.
Graze Throughout the Day
Another trick is to eat five or six small meals throughout the day instead of eating three large meals. If you keep eating small amounts, your body will be constantly functioning to break down that food into energy. Your body will learn to work more efficiently and will burn more calories. Check out the “Snacks” section of my Pinterest recipe board for some ideas.
Drink Black Coffee Once a Day
Drinking pure black coffee at least once a day will boost the rate at which your body burns calories. Make sure it’s organic whenever possible. (I love this one.)
Whether you decide to do a DIY route with whole foods or if you are a person who loves using high quality supplementation and easy to follow systems, intermittent fasting is a great way to kick your body into gear to burn that stubborn fat it’s holding onto.
To Wrap It Up…
Losing weight is not meant to be an expeditious activity; your body does not function that way. These tips should be practiced along with a healthy diet and exercise for best results, but they may be able to give your body that little extra boost it needs to power into weight loss mode to help you look and feel you best both on and offstage.
What tips and tricks do you have for firing up your metabolism? Lemme know in the comments below.