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8 ways To Kick-Start Your Metabolism

February 20, 2019

8 ways To Kick-Start Your Metabolism

If you’re anything like me, you hate the feeling of not being in control. Sure, sometimes it can be fun, but that fun has its time and place. That time and place is a sunny day on a roller coaster, not in your body on every day of your life.

If you suffer from hypothyroidism and you hate not feeling like you’re in charge of your body. . . . this list is for you. The truth is, there are just some things we cannot control, but there are also things that we can. While we may not have been able to control the thyroid we were born with, we can control how we react to it. Another thing we can help control. . . is our metabolism.
Read on to discover 8 ways you can take control of your body and speed up your metabolism. 

  1. Drink Enough H2O.

    I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but that’s because it’s true. Typically, we hear that you should drink 8 glasses a day. But actually, there’s a formula.

    • Take your body weight, divide it by 2, and THAT’s the number of ounces of water that you should drink in a day.
    • *Note that if you’re working out, you should drink more than this to replace the water you’ve lost through sweating.
    • Water is essential to life. Drinking plenty of it helps your body to function at it’s best throughout the day.
    • Drinking a glass of water in the morning is a great way to wake yourself up!
  2. Make Warm Cayenne Pepper Lemon Water A Habit.

    • 30 minutes before your breakfast. . . .
      • Squeeze half of a lemon into about 16 oz of water.
      • Add 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
      • Drink to kick-start that metabolism!
    • This drink serves as both a body detox and a boost for the metabolism.
  3. Eat Breakfast.

    • It’s called “the most important meal of the day” for a reason. Breaking your fast after a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body.
    • Note that the fact that you’re eating breakfast is important, but WHAT you eat for breakfast is equally as important. Although they’re tempting, sugary pastries or cereals can actually make you feel sluggish throughout the day. Instead, set yourself up for success with a nutritional breakfast. Oatmeal is a great option, because it will sustain your glucose levels while keeping you feeling fuller for longer. Mix in some fruit for a delicious and healthy breakfast!
    • We understand that it can be a struggle to come up with ideas especially if breakfast was never really part of your routine. Check out our recipe blogs for some ideas!
  4. Avoid Restrictive Diets.

    • There is no need to go to extremes in order to lose weight. In fact, skipping meals can often backfire and give you the opposite of the results you want.
    • Restricting your calories can actually trigger your body into holding on to fat cells. This is because our bodies are incredibly adaptive and determined to keep us alive. So if your body thinks you’re starving, it’s going to kick into survival mode.
    • Keeping your glucose levels steady is a great way to keep your mind and body at their best.
  5. Limit Alcohol Intake.

    • Alcohol is a terrible choice if you’re looking for a boost in your metabolism. In fact, it can actually slow your metabolism down by 70%.
    • Alcoholic drinks contain a ton of empty calories, meaning that there’s no actual nutritional value being consumed.
    • Alcohol also dehydrates your body.
      • This means that you’ll need to consume even more water throughout the day.
      • It also means you’ll be less motivated to get up and get active.
    • If you enjoy your occasional glass of wine, don’t fret. Just make sure that you’re conscious of how much alcohol you actually drink.
  6. Get Moving & Build Muscle.

    • The amount of muscle mass you have directly correlates to the number of calories you burn while sitting.
    • Not to mention, studies have proven that spending hours without any activity can actually slow down your metabolism.
    • Strength training to build muscle is a great way to keep your metabolism working in your favor!
  7. Relax.

    • Cortisol is a stress hormone, that slows down your metabolism.
    • To prevent this from happening, the answer is simple. You need to decrease your level of stress.
    • Try eliminating the things from your life that cause you stress, or finding ways to cope with them that work for you. Reading, painting and gardening are all great stress relievers that you can try!
  8. Get 8 Hours Of {Quality} Sleep.

    • Sleep is necessary for the regulation of metabolism hormones.
    • Therefore, a lack of sleep can slow down your metabolism.
    • A lack of sleep can also contribute to overeating and inactivity.
    • *Note that there is a big difference between sleep and quality sleep.
    • To get the best rest, turn off all electronic devices 30 minutes before going to bed. This will help to essentially, “turn off,”  your brain, making it easier for you to fall asleep. It’s also helpful to sleep in complete darkness, and many people find it helpful to listen to white noise such as a fan or the sound of rain falling. (Rainymood is a great site for providing this!)

The Takeaway

Increasing your metabolism may not seem easy, but the good news is that these tips work interdependently. For example:

  • Eating a healthy breakfast and drinking enough water can help boost your metabolism and can help fuel your workout.
  • Working out can help boost your metabolism and increase your quality of sleep.
  • Getting enough hours of quality sleep can help boost your metabolism and reduce your level of stress.

In the same way that each of these tips supplements the other, Thyro8 also serves as a supplement to help you achieve your goal. Use these 8 tips in addition to your Thyro8 to achieve maximum results.