The idea of losing weight as you sit on the sofa watching your favourite program is an attractive one isn’t it? But it is possible. Obviously you won’t lose weight just doing that, but you can be burning more calories sitting in front of the TV than you are now if you follow these tips.
As ever be aware that you are going to have to put in effort to lose weight, these metabolism boosting tips will help you lose weight but the odds of losing weight from simply sitting around are about as good as winning the lottery – one in a few million.
How to boost your metabolism
1. Eat the right foods. This is a huge article (or even book) all to itself, but suffice to say there are a number of foods that boost the metabolism significantly. Look especially to those foods that are rich in vitamin c and iron (such as spinach) or fat soluble rich fiber (like oatmeal), and of course spicy foods. But don’t let that think you can ladle on the cream and calorie packed other foods just because you are eating them!
2. Weight lift. One of the most powerful ways of boosting the metabolism, lifting weights can actually have you burning calories for hours after you have finished exercising.
3. Cardio. Not quite as powerful as weight lifting (obviously it hasn’t developed the muscles!) but still very useful as a way to boost your body’s metabolism and so help strip the fat even when you are sitting down resting after your run/walk/cycle.
4. Eat! It may sound out but to raise the metabolism you need to eat. Eating less than 1,000 calories a day will slow the metabolism down considerably. It is also needed to build muscle, and the more muscle you have the higher your metabolism.