The stronger your metabolism is, the easier it will be for you to lose weight. That means your body will be better able to process the calories you’ve consumed more efficiently to burn them for energy rather than storing them as fat.
Looking for easy ways to boost your metabolism for weight loss? Experts say that adding this drink into your routine will help you shed pounds by kick-starting fat loss–it’s milk!
Research shows that milk contributes significantly to weight and fat loss. A 2004 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that three or more servings of dairy foods and beverages a day could speed up calorie-burning in adults.
The experts at Livestrong note that dietary calcium promotes a faster metabolism when compared to supplemental. This is believed to be the result of the branched chain amino acids in dairy products.
"Watch the fat content of your milk to control your calorie intake and reduce your unhealthy saturated fat intake. You don’t need to drink full-fat milk to get the greatest amount of calcium. In fact, while a cup of whole milk has 276 milligrams of calcium and 149 calories, a similar serving of 1 percent milk has more calcium for fewer calories -- 305 milligrams of calcium for just 102 calories," Paula Martinac, a board-certified holistic nutritionist and a certified food and spirit practitioner, writes for Livestrong.
Now you can add that splash of milk to your coffee without feeling guilty! Martinac also notes that coffee can have a boosting effect on your metabolism as well. This is because of its caffeine content, which has been found to promote calorie burning.
"Fifty milligrams of caffeine has a slightly thermogenic effect on your body, meaning it burns calories and raises BMR, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2009," she explains.
But, Martinac stresses that you have to be smart with your coffee order and eliminate any unnecessary flavorings and additives to ensure that it will help your metabolism. "If you use cream and sugar or order drinks loaded with syrup and whipped cream, you’re adding empty calories that will defeat your weight-loss goals," she says.