Between eating healthy, hitting the gym regularly, starvation and restricting yourself to the occasional treat, you’ve probably tried almost anything to drop unwanted weight. You may get hopeless when your efforts bear little fruit. What you may not know is that your body may be working against you in the form of a slow metabolism. Fortunately, you can adopt these healthy habits that have been scientifically proven to speed up your metabolism.
Drinking the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day can help raise your metabolism and fill you up. Dehydration slows your metabolism and can trick you into thinking you’re hungry. A good rule of thumb is reaching for water when you develop food cravings and waiting for about 20 minutes to see if you were really hungry. Researchers from the University of Utah found that subjects who drank four 8-ounce glasses of water showed symptoms of dehydration and burned 2% fewer calories than those who drank the recommended amount.[Read more…]