Metabolism is a natural phenomenon that happens in every human body, the only difference being some have a powerful metabolism while in others, it is sluggish. This is a chemical reaction in our body that keeps our body functioning well, digesting food and burning fat. People blessed with higher metabolism burns fat faster and keep off unwanted weight.
Here are some Signs that you have a Slow Metabolism:
- Weight gain
- Unable to lose fat
- Brittle nails
- Dry nails
- Hair loss
- Frequent headaches
- Feeling cold
- Low sexual drive
- Depressed feeling
- Craving for sugar and carbs
- Menstrual issues
Here are some 5 Unusual Ways by Which you can Improve your Metabolism:
1. Spicy Food
Eating spicy and peppery food is a proven way to improve metabolism. Peppers have a compound called capsaicin that boosts metabolism naturally. But the only drawback of this being some cannot tolerate spicy food and it can lead to an upset stomach. But for those who can eat spicy food, it is beneficial as peppers can burn an additional 10 calories per meal. It helps to maintain a healthy weight.
Add a few chopped green or red chilies when cooking. You can also add some red chili flakes to your soups, stews and pasta dishes.
2. Have more protein
Having proteins will help you to burn more calories as compared to carbs or fat. Change your diet pattern. Replace carbohydrates with some lean, protein-rich food to improve metabolic rate. Lean beef, turkey, fish, white meat chicken, tofu, nuts, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy products are good sources of protein.
3. Drink Coldwater
This fact had been doing the rounds of the internet for quite some time. It has been a norm for many people to drink a glass of warm water every morning for weight loss and to speed up metabolism. It turns out that though this might prove helpful, drinking more cold water speeds up the metabolism process as the body uses extra energy to heat it up to a warmer internal temperature.
According to some German researchers, drinking 6 cups of cold water in a day can increase metabolism by 50 calories daily.
4. Lift weights
It has been proven that building muscles can improve metabolism. Studies have shown that lifting weight will retain the muscle mass, strength, and metabolism and will also help burn calories even when at rest.
5. Sit less, stand more
Sitting has been named as the new ‘silent killer’ by health experts. Sitting being sedentary slows down metabolism at a substantial rate and leads to weight gain. It has been found that if you have a standing workstation, and you work while standing, you’ll lose an extra 174 calories. So you have to cut down your sitting time and take small breaks in between.
Tweak your lifestyle by a bit, adapt to a different eating habit, do extensive weight training routine to increase your metabolism and lose weight naturally.