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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 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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