It's easier than I thought

A lot of people who want to lose weight torture themselves with one diet after another, with none ever leading to the desired results. The pounds just stick. In cases like these, sometimes being overweight isn't always a matter of the wrong diet or not enough exercise. Sometimes it's about having a slower metabolism. Whether you gain or lose weight quickly is dependent on how well your metabolism functions, among other things. These eight tips will help you boost your metabolism simply and naturally, making it easier to lose weight. And above all, you'll feel livelier and more energetic.  

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1. Don't do uber-strict diets

Starving makes you fat. How can that be? When you drastically reduce your calorie intake, your body goes into starvation mode. That means slowing down your metabolism and storing fats so that your essential organs will be able to keep working,  through the period of deprivation. That leads in turn to the infamous yo-yo effect after the diet when you start eating normally again. Better to adjust your diet accordingly.


Avoid fast food, processed food items, and sweets. Focus instead on lower-calorie foods such as fruit, vegetables, and legumes (they have more calories than veggies but are so packed with vitamins and proteins that you don't have to eat as much to feel full). Lean meats, fish, and milk products as well as nuts should also be part of the mix. When it comes to carbohydrates, stick to whole grains: they have more protein and fiber, and they take longer to digest, helping you stave  off hunger and stimulate your metabolism! That includes brown rice, whole grain bread, and more unusual grains like millet.

2. Eat three meals a day!

Eating regularly not only prevents hunger attacks but can also speed up your metabolism. It's been shown that three proper meals a day is better than lots of smaller ones. Apparently the protein that generates  our compulsion to move — Foxa-2 — is inhibited by the insulin release during meals: so when you just eat three times a day, you'll have a great need for movement and it'll be easier to get yourself exercising. This was demonstrated in a study at the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich.  

Also take care to drink a lot of water or unsweetened tea every day (at least 8 cups).