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Metabolism is the set of all the biochemical reactions that take place in our body that are responsible for whether the energy (calories) consumed through food will be stored (anabolism) or released (catabolism). These chemical reactions keep the body alive and functioning. We often associate metabolism with calories burned, effectively detoxification and the loss of extra pounds. That is right! The faster your metabolism, the more calories you lose, even while standing in one place. In addition, good metabolism charges you with energy and positive emotions.

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1. Replace sunflower oil with coconut!


Coconut oil increases metabolism to 12%, at the expense of ordinary oil, which only reaches 4%. Coconut oil can also help you burn calories, eliminate harmful microorganisms, and make you feel full. Generally, it's more useful. Increases levels of good cholesterol, protects hair, skin and maintains oral hygiene. Coconut oil increases both metabolism and brain function. Recommended for people with Alzheimer's.


2. Drink coffee!


Studies have shown that caffeine in coffee can boost metabolism by 3 to 11% by acting on your central nervous system. Like green tea, it is also suitable for weight loss. But just as research shows that it affects metabolism, so do arguing with one another about its effectiveness against different types of physique.


3. Have a good night's sleep!


Lack of sleep leads to increased stress and the risk of obesity. The brain does not receive the necessary rest, from which the other organs fail to do their job. Blood sugar levels rise and this leads to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, exacerbation of hunger and a number of other problems. To improve your sleep, create a mode, avoid standing in the light and staring at the phone screen before going to sleep. Get at least 7-8 hours of healthy sleep a night.


4. Eat hot!


Hot pepper contains capsaicin, a substance that stimulates metabolism. Not everyone is hot, but a pinch is enough to burn 10 extra calories. In six and a half years you will lose half a pound of weight. This may sound very small, but in combination with other methods, the effect will be enhanced. Look at it as a nice long-term bonus.


5. Drink green tea!


Green and some other types of tea can also increase metabolism by up to 5%. They convert some of the fats in your body into free fatty acids, increasing their burning by up to 17%. These teas are also suitable for maintaining weight, protecting the heart and improving blood sugar levels. What is special about them is that they do not act on everyone.


6. Move, train and breathe deeply!


Sitting too long is detrimental to health. Some scientists even dare to say that sitting is as dangerous as smoking. This is due to the fact that the body burns at least calories when sitting or lying down. If you're mostly upright at work, you're sure to burn more calories. If you work mostly at a desk, take every opportunity to get up and move around for a while. This will also help your muscles work and shake off.


7. Pick up different objects!


Muscles are more metabolically active than fat. This means that they require more energy from the body to sustain them. And this speeds up metabolism. This means you can burn more calories even when you are resting.


8. Do intense workouts!


You don't have to do them every day. Two, three times a week is enough, but you can always make your own fitness program and stick to it if you don't want to wonder what to do every time in the hall. The best part is that even after your workout is over, you continue to lose calories, thanks to the accelerated metabolism as a result of physical activity.


9. Drink more cold water!


If you replace natural juices and carbonated drinks with cold water, you have a better chance of losing weight. Drinking half a liter of water increases metabolism by 10 to 30% in about an hour. When water is cold, the body uses more energy to warm it up, and from there it speeds up your metabolism. Drinking more water, especially before eating, creates a feeling of satiety, so you eat less and the chance of overeating decreases.


10. Take lots of protein with every meal!


As for macronutrients, taking more protein significantly increases metabolism compared to carbohydrates and fats. Protein intake has also been shown to protect you from overeating, as they saturate well.

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