11. Quit your dangerous sitting habit
Sitting has been called “the new smoking”: Recent studies suggest that sitting for more than eight hours a day raises your risk of a whole host of health problems – and it can definitely slow down your metabolism, says Yasmine S. Ali, MD, president of US-based Nashville Preventive Cardiology, PLLC, and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
This one has an easy fix: Take a break every hour and stand up – or get a desk that allows you the option of standing while you work.
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12. Chill out - literally
Cold is one of nature’s most powerful metabolic boosters, helping increase your levels of “brown fat,” a type of fat that burns more calories, even at rest.
“Going outdoors in cold weather can increase your non-exercise thermogenesis (NEAT) score, helping you torch calories,” says Kristin Koskinen, a registered dietitian nutritionist.
“The metabolic act of staying warm is an easy way to boost your metabolism without breaking a sweat.”
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13. Eat an apple before eating anything else
Adding more apples to your diet can help your metabolism, Koskinen says.
All you have to do is eat an apple before you eat anything else.
“You don’t have to make any other dietary changes. This can decrease your overall calorie intake because of the satiety the apple provides,” she says.
“I’ve seen clients increase their metabolism and lose 10 pounds by making this one change.”
Another benefit apples have is they can be made into Apple Cider Vinegar, which can offer amazing health benefits.