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4 Ways to boost Your Metabolism

4 Ways to boost Your Metabolism

To many people, dieting is something that is just not worth it. Sure, there are health benefits and weight benefits to staying on a strict diet, but the amount of food and treats that one misses out on while on a diet is just too much to miss.

Fortunately that isn’t the way it has to be. Dieting to lose weight and be healthy does not always involve eating different foods or even less foods. There are many ways to lose weight and stay healthy besides cutting out your favorite chocolate bar. One of the best ways to both maintain a healthy weight, and lose weight to get to that healthy weight is by boosting your metabolism. Your metabolism is essentially how fast your body can digest and use the food that you eat. So if you do not want to eat less food, you can also just get your body to move through food quicker and have the same effect.

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Here are five great tips for getting your metabolism going at a faster pace.

Drink more water

This is a simple method that many people use to speed up their metabolism. It is easy to do at work, or anywhere else for that matter. All you need to buy is a cheap water bottle and you are well on your way to making this work.

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There are many studies that have been done that show that simply drinking water every hour can have profound results on your metabolism. If you drink a half liter of water it is said to boost your metabolism by up to 30%. What an easy way to get your body moving!

Increase your Collagen

Most people don’t even know what collagen is, making it hard to focus on. Collagen is actually the most abundant protein in the human body and can be found in many household products including lotion and vitamins. Collagen helps your body build lean muscle and helps it quickly metabolize a variety of nutrients. While you can’t go buy collagen straight at a grocery store,  here are a few good ways to increase your collagen levels.

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Spicy food

This may be good news for some and awful news for others. For those that love spicy food, this is just another excuse to head to your favorite Mexican restaurant. Spicy foods usually contain a substance called capsaicin, an oil that has been proven multiple times over to increase your metabolism.

One thing to note is that adding spice to your food can only burn about an extra 10 calories per meals. While this may not seem like a lot, combining this with other steps can add up to a significant boost in your metabolism.

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Try coconut oil instead

Most people cook with vegetable oil or some other similar type of oil. However, a recent trend has become coconut oil in all types of cooking. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fats, which are very different from the saturated fats you typically see in oils. These fats have been shown in multiple studies to increase your metabolism by up to 12%. They also taste almost exactly like regular cooking oil and have other health benefits besides just increasing your metabolism. The only real downside to using coconut oil is that it can be a little more expensive than your classic oils.

None of these will magically change your weight or help you lose large amounts of weight at one. However, all of these, done in conjunction with the others will give you a significant boost in metabolism that could allow you to lose those extra pounds without sacrificing all of those delicious treats.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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