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11 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Metabolism for Weight Loss

Christina Sarich
April 16th, 2014
Updated 05/05/2014 at 9:14 pm
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weight loss girl metabolism 263x165 11 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Metabolism for Weight LossWinter time is one of the worst times to try to keep fit since we tend to travel, bundle up indoors to stay out of the cold weather, and over-eat, but there are some natural ways you can kick-start your metabolism to lose weight and achieve a fit body. Many of the herbs and natural remedies below are also great for your overall health, so why not add them to your list, today?

Here are 11 ways to naturally boost your metabolism.

1. Turmeric – Not only can turmeric help you keep more than a dozen diseases at bay including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, it can also boost your metabolism. It is also full of nutrition, which means you may eat less naturally as your body acquires the energy it really needs. What’s more, curcumin in turmeric is a great way to cleanse the liver, which is one of the biggest organs of detoxification in the body. A toxic body can’t lose weight.

2. Lecitin – Found in all living cells, lecitin is a natural metabolism booster and helps the body to break down fat. You can add lecitin to your cereal or granola in the morning, and even sprinkle granules on salads or stir fry. It can also be taken in pill form as a supplement. It is highly caloric, but it contains healthful fats which support weight loss. It is not only a fat-burner, but also controls high cholesterol.

3. Kelp  - Kelp contains iodine, which supports the thyroid gland – the master metabolism-regulating organ of the body. Kelp can also boost overall nutrition and health since it is full of amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Eating good food means we will want to eat less food. Eat kelp as a snack throughout the day.

4. Cinnamon – This great herb form the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree has medicinal qualities for numerous diseases – especially diabetes. It also helps to burn fat by helping the body to detox with its high ORAC value. Studies show that abdominal fat is especially sensitive to the active compounds in cinnamon. It also lowers blood sugar levels and can help with ‘sweet’ food cravings which are often high calorie.

5. Chromium – Found naturally in tomatoes, Chromium is a natural fat burner. You can find chromium naturally in eggs, some meat, apples, bananas and spinach.

6. Ginger – Another super food with healing qualities for numerous health issues, ginger can also be used to promote fat loss. Research carried out in Egypt and published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences concluded: “Ginger has a great ability to reduce body weight without inhibiting pancreatic lipase level, or affecting bilirubin concentration, with positive effect on increasing peroxisomal catalase level and HDL-cholesterol.”

7. Yerba Mate – A tea brewed in South America, Yerba Mate is effective at supporting weight loss and boosting metabolism when combined with a balanced diet. One of the ways this herb may work is by slowing down gastric emptying, which means you feel fuller longer, and therefore, eat less. Its active ingredients include Quercetin and Ursolic Acid.

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8. Green Tea – Due to its high levels of catechin polyphenols, green tea is an amazing fat-burner and metabolism-booster. There are many clinical studies which prove that green tea helps to burn fat more expeditiously.

9. Bitter Orange – Especially when accompanied by other metabolism-boosting herbs, bitter orange can greatly affect weight loss - positively. Also known as Citrus aurantium, bitter orange ‘extract and p-synephrine increase metabolism and energy expenditure. What’s more, “the data accumulated to date do not support hypothesized concerns regarding potential adverse effects of p-synephrine particularly with respect to the cardiovascular system due to a paucity of binding to α-, β-1 and β-2 adrenergic receptors while exhibiting modest binding to β-3 adrenergic receptors.”

10. Water – Drinking more water not only alkalizes the body and helps it to flush out toxins, it can also help you to feel satiated when you get hunger pangs or strange food cravings. If you drink water before, after, and during your meal, your body will also have an easier time digesting your food. Just replace any sugary sodas, alcohol, and other high-calorie drinks with water.

11. Exercise – You’ve heard it a million times, but movement is one of the best ways to get the lymph flowing, regulate hormones which are in charge of weight loss, and burn calories. Don’t underestimate the power of a good, long walk.

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  • Ali

    You forgot to mention honey mixed with cinnamon…great fat burner.

  • Ali

    I think if you wait to drink water, when thirsty, then you are already dehydrated.

  • wwr

    I eat or drink almost everything on this list and still lose no pounds- maybe I need a couple of concubines to wear me out so I can lose more pounds not onces.

    • freedom74

      I’ve found over the last 5 years that diet seems to have very little to do with my weight and fitness level as long as I don’t overeat.

      I kicked soda and fast food and I lost absolutely nothing. I went back to my old ways, but added 4-6 intense 30-90 minutes workouts a week and started to immediately put on muscle and lose fat.

      Diets just aren’t the way to go. Exercise.

      • Man on the street

        You are correct, as the numbers shows it on the treadmill? You walk a mile and the calories counter tells you 100 calories, which is one cookie? I am not accurate about the real numbers, but effectively, If a guy goes to all you can eat food buffet, and consumes 4000 calories, then runs 10 miles, he has a better chance than if he eats 2000 caller is the next day to make up for his excess eating. Diet for getting all the nutrients is OK, but for losing weight without work out is a dream.

      • RealityCheck

        Wrong. Diets are the most important part of a weight-control regimen. This is basic nutrition 101. Stay off the meathead forums.

        • freedom74

          Sure thing dude. You have divined everything about everything in your wanderings and readings. I bow to your self-superior attitude and attempt to talk down to me.

          Did you know I actually did an experiment based on that premise on lab rats in my 5th grade gifted class. Got my picture in the paper and everything. Found there that nutrition was not the decider either, it was physical activity and portions that mattered for weight. Now, lifespan, that was a different story.

          Regardless, not everyone has the same exact reactions when it comes to metabolism, actually there is a broad variation, and my advice can be quite valid and has been for millions of people and animals.

          So, ya know, be a d-bag somewhere else, I don’t live on meathead forums, thanks.

  • RealityCheck

    Oh wow. Lecitin? You mean lecithin. Pretty embarrassing to come on and try to give health advice when you don’t even know what you’re talking about…

    Lecithin is fat. Perhaps there is some way to utilize the internet to look things up… hmm… well, maybe someday. Anyway, you all have fun adding fat to your diet.

    • PappyYokum

      I did add fat, and it is a lot of fun. By replacing the sugar and carbohydrates with fat, (lard, butter, coconut oil) I have lost about 9 lbs in the last two months. While we are looking things up on the internet, research “ketogenic diet.”

      • RealityCheck

        I have degrees in the field. I’ll go ahead and stay off wikipedia. Enjoy your cell death and increased risk of cancer and heart disease though. And that constipation, amirite? Yikes…

  • Crow

    Don’t drink water during a meal, you need different enzymes for digesting food than you do water.

    • RealityCheck


  • S

    “If you drink water before, after, and during your meal, your body will also have an easier time digesting your food.” — this is not true for many people, especially those with impaired digestion. If you drink water immediately before or during your meal, you will very likely dilute the digestive enzymes and other compounds (aka “stomach juices”) that help break down food. Undigested food contributes to inflammation and gut dysbiosis — two definitely weight-loss enemies.

    Moreover, you can’t “trick” your body into feeling satisfaction when you haven’t given it what it needs, and trying to do so will only backfire into cravings and out-of-control behavior. Drink water when you’re thirsty, eat food when you’re hungry, and all will be well. Listen to your cues!

  • islander2010

    Might be a good idea to learn how to spell lecithin. Lectin? Tha’t something entirely different, and not exactly a dietary supplement.

  • Ali

    All great things, but you forgot to mention coconut oil, it helps to speed up the metabolism.

  • DrKeteDC

    I don’t think it is good to drink a lot of water during a meal.

    • bikpet

      warm water after meal

    • GOD

      Utilize Superhydration entails drinking at least 4 quarts of cold water each day. If a person doesn’t consume enough water his body will try to retain the water it does have. Kidney function is hampered, and waste is accumulate. The liber is then called out to flush out impurities. As a result, one of the livers main functions metabolizing stored fat into usable energy – is minimized. The traditional recommendation of 8 glasses(2 quarts) per day isn’t nearly enough for maximum fat loss. I recommend twice that. Furthermore, a person can maximum calorie burn by keeping the water ice-cold. A gallon of ice-cold water(40 Degrees Fahrenheit) requires 123 calories of heat energy to warm it to body core temperature(98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). an insulated bottle will help keep the water chilled. – Ellington Darden, PH.D, The New High Intensity Training, Chapter 25, Page. 196