Get a Faster Metabolism in a DayFollow this simple plan to speed up your metabolism in just 16 hours. Don't forget to repeat the next day!
Enjoy your coffee or tea. Women who consume caffeine before working out stay at it longer and enjoy it.
Head to the gym before you eat. In British research, exercisers who held off on breakfast burned almost 20% more body fat during their workouts. more, says a new study that measured treadmill activity.
Related: 11 Simple Ways to Rev Your Metabolism
Do weights, then cardio within 20 minutes. That's the formula for the most fat-burning, one study found. Cardio done later (two hours, in the study) doesn't have the same payoff.
Have a protein breakfast. Aim for 35 grams. Try Greek yogurt (18 g per serving); two turkey sausage links with toast (13 g); and 14 walnut halves (4 g).
Related: The One Easiest Way to Peel Off Pounds
Take a stroll. Whether to the post office or around the company parking lot, a half hour of walking at a leisurely pace of 2 mph (not enough to muss your hair!) will burn about 100 calories. more, says a new study that measured treadmill activity.
Wet your whistle with your afternoon snack. Even mild dehydration may slow down calorie burn.
Have your daily bread. In an Israeli study, dieters assigned to eat carbs only at dinner lost more weight than those who ate them throughout the day.
Related: 10 Healthy Tips You Should Steal From Popular Diets
Sniff something soothing. The scents of essential oils-one study used lavendar, ylang-ylang, and marjoram-may lower fat-promoting stress. Sprinkle a few drops on a cotton ball. more, says a new study that measured treadmill activity.
Lights out. If you're trying to drop pounds, too little sleep may cause you to lose significantly less fat than lean tissue, a study of overweight dieters found. Getting enough shut-eye shifts the balance toward more fat and less lean loss.
- By Sarah Mahoney
More from Good Housekeeping: