If you are like most people in the United States, your life took a a turn during the pandemic for the sedentary: a daily routine that previously included work commutes, trips to the gym and weekends on the hiking trials most likely became curtailed. No shame! You just couldn’t go.
At the same time that you found yourself burning fewer calories by traveling and exercising outside of the home, your calorie intake may have spiked due to understandable psychological coping with stress from various factors that hardly need to be gone into. Comfort food is called that for a reason.
So, while you did nothing wrong in and probably are in no serious health peril even now, you may nonetheless be looking for ways to introduce more calorie burn into a routine that simply will no longer include as much time on the go. What you drink, to the rescue!
You may be surprised to find out that you can help yourself in this regard in many different ways just by the choice of your beverages. And one of several beverages that can help facilitate a healthier metabolism may seem like an obvious one, but it is only being repeated here and now because so many overlook it, and that’s water. It’s the unquestioned number one liquid you can drink that does that job.
And while you may know that water chases fat from the body, you may not realize water even increases the amount of energy your body expends, and turns the fat that it has stored into fuel. Besides that, let’s not forget that your body happens to need to be hydrated as well, and metabolic health can just be the side benefit!
Coffee is another drink that can help you optimize your metabolism. As a stimulant, it increases your resting metabolic rate and it suppresses your natural appetite. It may not hydrate you quite as water does, but one cannot have everything! It’s still a great way to kick off the day with a boost of energy and a delicious, balanced breakfast.
And, a moderate amount of coffee each day can help get your metabolism back on track! Of course, chances are it’s already something you’re doing. But if it’s not, you can start, and even if it is, you can have the psychological boost of knowing you already started with the program and didn’t even know it! So drink a glass of water first thing out of bed, then get that first coffee with no guilt!
A third drink that boosts your metabolism, and one that you really may not already be drinking, is the consensus top rated tea. If you do happen to be a tea person, you already know. And if you’re not, there’s no time like now to become one! The accoutrements are fun and the drink is a tasty way towards good health! Green tea especially contains EGCG, a compound that increases resting energy burn as coffee does. And the oxidative stress that can slows down metabolism as you age is combatted by the anti-oxidants that are present in tea.
So: now that you’re done reading, look to see if you have a drink in your hand. If you don’t, put one of the above in it! You’ll thank yourself later when enjoying a robust metabolic process.