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Boosting Metabolism Could Help With Weight Loss

By Stephen R. Farris

Do you sometimes find yourself lacking energy? You wake up in the morning and feel sluggish more times than not. You've decided to drop a few pounds to see if that will do the trick, yet each time you get on the scales it's always the same, or a slight increase. Even though you feel you're eating healthy, that rundown feeling still lingers.

It might be your metabolism and it might need a little shove in the right direction. A boost!

Check out some of these metabolism-boosting tips that are all backed by scientific study.

Get Your Protein Fix

Adding more protein to your diet can actually give your metabolism a big boost for several hours. Proteins can make you feel fuller and help prevent overeating. Additional benefits include an increase in your metabolic rate by 15 to 30 percent, plus keep it from dropping while losing fat, and protect against muscle loss.

More Water Please!

The colder the better. When trying to lose weight and increase your energy levels, cutting out sugary drinks and replacing them with a tall glass of water several times a day can temporarily boost your resting metabolism by as much as 10 to 30 percent in an hour's time. Drinking cold water causes your body to switch into heat mode to bring your temperature level back to normal, therefore the energy used to do this by your body actually has a calorie-burning effect.

Intense Exercise

Want to burn more fat and boost your metabolism at the same time, then try a high-intensity workout. This could be taking a brisk walk, then several times during the walk try walking faster for about 20 to 90 seconds. If jogging is your thing, do a burst run as hard as you can several times throughout. If you stay indoors and use an exercise bike, try pedaling as fast as you can a few times during your session. The effects from an increase in your metabolic rate can last for a good while after your workout and should help you lose fat even more.

To find out more about boosting your metabolism, visit and talk with your local chiropractor to hear tips and suggestions they have to help you with your fitness and nutrition goals. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita, Kans. 

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