It’s easy being lean when you’re armed with strategies that help keep your metabolism revved and the weight off. We asked Dr. Gabrielle Francis, a New York-based rock & roll doctor to give us the tricks she shares with clients to keep them lean and healthy.
Check out her top 6 tricks to fueling your body’s natural fat-burning mechanisms:
1. Book spa time in an infrared sauna.Infrared saunas are all the rage because of their purported benefits from head to toe. Heat from the sauna can help detoxify the body, reduce inflammation, decrease muscle pain, rejuvenate hair and skin, and kickstart your body’s ability to burn fat. “An infrared sauna increases the metabolism and detoxing ability of the body,” says Dr. Francis. “Spending one hour in the sauna typically allows you to burn between 500 and 1000 calories.”
2. Eat foods that increase thyroid function.Basically the thyroid produces hormones that help regulate your metabolism so eating foods that kickstart thyroid function also increase your body’s ability to burn fat. Dr. Francis recommends these thyroid-fueling eats:
— Opt for high-iodine foods, which helps produce thyroid hormone.
- navy beans
— Choose high-tyrosine foods, which also support thyroid function.
- lean meats
- Parmesan cheese
- whole grains
chili peppers and black pepper
green coffee bean
high lean proteins
4. Get a massage.Now you have an excuse to schedule some pampering. A good back rub can improve the utilization of glucose and enhance metabolism, explains Dr. Francis. Once a month is a fabulous target, unless you can convince your significant other that giving you a weekly massage is good for your health.
6. Lower your cortisol.Turns out that leading a more peaceful, Zen-like lifestyle can boost metabolism, says Dr. Francis. That’s because when you lower your cholesterol levels, you help increase your body’s ability to burn fat.
Try these cortisol-reducing tricks:
Incorporate more yoga, massage, acupuncture, laughter and meditation into your daily routine;
Eat a high-protein, low-carb diet;
Try herbs such as magnolia, rhodiola, basil, Siberian ginseng, ashwagandha;
Add amino acids like theanine and phosphatidyl serine.
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