6 Natural Ways to Boost Metabolism
They say abs are made in the kitchen, but so far we haven’t found any kitchen willing to make us a six pack. That being said, there are some specific food hacks that will rev your metabolism and help you burn more calories and more fat throughout the day.
1. Go Green to Make Friends Green With Envy
Swap out coffee for green tea, which people have been enjoying for thousands of years. It’ll give you a caffeine kick, and it will also kick your metabolism into high gear. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it may help to balance your blood sugar and also improves how well your body burns fat.
2. Eat Protein Throughout the Day
Most people eat the majority of their daily protein at dinner. And while we’re not opposed to a big juicy steak for dinner, studies show that spreading out your protein intake throughout the day helps you to lose weight and better maintain a healthy weight.
Eating lots of protein every day is also linked to satiety, which is a fancy term that refers to that happy, full feeling you have after a meal. This can keep you from giving in to unhealthy snack cravings!
If you're having a hard time getting enough protein, grab a Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookie. Every cookie packs in 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Fiber brings with it its own fat-burning, weight loss-boosting benefits.
 3. Chug Some Cold Water
Netflix and chill, literally. New research shows that the temperature of your water has an impact on your weight. Scientists found that drinking just 17 ounces of chilled water a day can increase your metabolism by 30% and helps your body metabolize carbs better. And if you work out, the American Council on Exercise reports that drinking very cold water while exercising can help boost your energy, reduce fatigue and help you perform better in the gym.
4. Spice Things Up
Tell your fat, “Hasta la vista, baby!” Jalapenos and other spicy Mexican seasonings are rich in capsaicin. Capsaicin is what makes your mouth burn when you’re chowing down on tacos. It also increases your body heat, and for every ½ degrees in temperature that your body heat goes up, your metabolism goes up by 7%. So add a dash of hot sauce to your meals any chance you get!
5. Do Some Shots
Multiple studies have shown how drinking apple cider vinegar every day can burn fat and improve your metabolism’s efficiency. Look for raw apple cider vinegar in health food stores. The raw version is rich in probiotics, which help populate your gut with healthy bacteria. Try sipping apple cider vinegar in the morning on an empty stomach to get your digestion roaring.
6. Eat a Grapefruit
Have half a grapefruit for breakfast tomorrow. In one study, doing this once a day for just 14 weeks helped people lose more than 7 pounds. Grapefruit 's antioxidants have also been shown to help improve your cholesterol levels and reduce your appetite.
Using these six steps, you might not get a six pack right away, but you’ll shift your body’s digestion and metabolism into high gear. Maintaining a healthy, hot metabolism is the key to having a summer bod all year, not just during the summer!