1. JUST SIP SOMETHING
Here’s a reason to obey your thirst: ‘When you’re dehydrated, cellular functions slow down and your metabolism starts to [drop],’ says dietitian Lauren Schmitt. Yes, you can slim down just by drinking up. ‘People who down eight cups of water daily burn 420kJ more each day than those who drink four cups or less,’ says Schmitt. Any nonalcoholic decaffeinated liquid will do the trick.
2. HAVE A CHOCOLATE STASH
In a study from the University of California, San Diego, in the US – aka our favourite study ever – researchers found that eating chocolate frequently was associated with a lower body mass index. In fact, people who ate five servings of chocolate per week weighed roughly 2,3kg to 3,2kg less than chocolate abstainers. The researchers explain that antioxidants found in cocoa called polyphenols may enhance metabolic function. To reap the benefits without a kilojoule downside, keep your fix to about 30g a day. No food scale? Lay a credit card over your average chocolate bar; that’s your portion.
3. TURN UP THE AIR CONDITIONING BY TWO DEGREES
When you’re cold, your body has to work to generate heat to warm itself. One recent study found that people who spent time in a chilly room boosted kilojoule burn by 80%. ‘Cold temperatures make your body burn kilojoules like a furnace,’ says endocrinologist Dr Scott Isaacs. You don’t need to sit there shivering. ‘Turning the [air conditioning up] just a couple of degrees can help you burn 420kJ a day.’
4. SLEEP IT OFF
A single night of less sleep than the recommended seven to nine hours causes your resting metabolism to dip by about 5% the next day, says a study in The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition. ‘Sleep loss induces widespread hormonal changes that pump up the amount of ghrelin – the hormone that triggers appetite – in your body and dial down your metabolism,’ explains study coauthor Dr Christian Benedict. Get to bed a little earlier for a better body, mood, everything.
Source: Good Housekeeping magazine