Running Track:

4.5 mi

Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown:

30 minutes

Ran round and round on the running track with Lela. We both endured through a case of side stitch and the Monday’s.

My PRO Compression today along with my PureFlow Brooks Running shoes!

My PRO Compression today along with my PureFlow Brooks Running shoes!

Today, after a talk with Lela about water and metabolism rates, I just had to research other things that helped raise metabolism. Besides the normal exercise/ healthy diet, I found some tips to help boost metabolism!

Here is the list I came up with:

1. Never ever EVER diet. Skipping meals and or starving yourself drops your metabolism like CRAY-CRAY. When you do not eat, your body goes into starvation mode, so it holds on to every last bit of energy storage because it believes it will not have another serving of energy (food) for a while! If you continue to go through a crash diet, your body will soon begin burning your muscle tissue. NOT GOOD.

2. Just go to bed earlier. Forreal. Your phone and all of it’s messages/ apps will still be there tomorrow.

3. Eat protein! Your body needs protein to create/ maintain lean muscle. You should consume between 0.8 – 1.0 grams of protein per lb of body weight!

Bought myself some more protein!

Bought myself some more protein!

For all my vegan/ vegetarian friends, there are many MANY other ways to get protein besides through meat! Seriously. Research your options! You need it in order to get strong!

4. Go organic every once in a while. Studies show that the pesticides/ toxins can interfere with the energy-burning process, which can lead to weight gain.

My organics that I bought today.

My organics that I bought today.

5. Stand up every once in awhile. Research shows that inactivity (for 4 or more hours) can completely shut down the enzyme that controls your metabolic cholesterol/ fat. GET UP!

6. Drink cold water. I’m not quite sure why this is a fact, but researchers found Β that drinking 6 cups of cold water a day can burn an extra 50 calories per day. Not much, but hey, it’s better than nothing!

7. Eat spicy! When you eat spicy foods, your fight-or-flight instincts kick in. Thus, revving up your metabolism for a short period of time!

8. Eat breakfast. I don’t see why you would skip this yummy meal anyways. If you skip breakfast, you are 4.5 times as likely to become obese. I personally love eggs in the morning. The protein from the eggs keeps me full longer. Since I do most of my workouts in the morning, I don’t experience an energy crash in the middle of my exercise thanks to breakfast/ protein.

9. Drink coffee or tea. Why? Caffeine! Caffeine works as a central nervous system stimulant. So your good ol’ cup of joe can bump your metabolism up 5-8%!

10. Fiber. Yo. 25g per day, and you could boost up that metabolism up to 30%!

11. Eat iron-rich foods. Iron is essential because it aides in carrying oxygen around in your blood. Kind of important. No iron, slow metabolism!

12. Dairy! Calcium deficiency can lower your metabolism. So get in some dairy through low fat milk and yogurt!

13. Watermelon watermelon watermelon. Amino acid arginine is found abundantly in watermelon. A study by the Journal of Nutrition used obese mice in which they supplemented arginine to over a 3 month period and found that their body-fat decreased by a whooping 64%! I’m not saying we’re mice, but hey… if it worked for them, ya never know… It might work for us as well!

I sure hope it contains watermelon....

I sure hope it contains watermelon….

14. H2O. All of the chemical reactions that happen in your body depends on water. Your metabolism, the rate at which your body burns energy, is a chemical reaction. So it only makes sense that drinking more water will speed up your metabolism! I’ve drank my full 8 glasses of water today… have you?

And this is where my list ends. I seriously researched the topic, and then went to the grocery store!

I hope you use these tips!!

Goooooo metabolism!

Run on.