Let's get one thing straight: Cheating is bad.
On a test, in a relationship, when filing your taxes ... Being real is always the best policy. But cheating your metabolism into working faster and helping you lose weight more quickly? Well, if that's wrong, we don't want to be right.
We've concocted three organic elixirs that can boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories from the moment you wake up to the minute your head hits the pillow—no workout required.
Spicy Apple Lemon Tonic
As if you needed another reason to love apple cider vinegar, add its fat-burning powers to the list. Just two tablespoons could help the body burn 3.7 pounds over 12 weeks; and ACV is noted for its probiotic content that helps support healthy gut bacteria. If the bacteria in the gut work well, they digest food quickly and efficiently, effectively increasing your metabolic rate.
A dash of cayenne revs up the metabolism even more due to capsaicin, the compound that gives the spice its fiery flavor. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, capsaicin can cause a slight increase in total body temp, which in turn increases the body's metabolic rate. We've also added cinnamon to this concoction, which is perfect first thing in the morning, to help equalize blood sugar levels.
Mix all ingredients together with a spoon, or in a shaker cup.
Ginger Citrus Revitalizing Iced Tea
Good news for coffee lovers—your daily shot of caffeine has been proven to increase the amount of calories the body burns. Not a fan of the stuff? Brew up some guayusa tea, which has as much caffeine as coffee, plus polyphenols, antioxidants, and chlorogenic agents to boot. Researchers have recently discovered that chlorogenic agents like those in guayusa are beneficial to weight loss.
Kick your tea up a notch by adding a scoop of magnesium powder. Up to 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this compound, which supports metabolism naturally and is integral to more than 300 enzymatic processes in the body.
Brew one tea bag of guayusa tea in boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes, then remove tea bag and cool in the fridge.
Add ice and the scoop of Natural Calm and stir. Top off with a splash of mineral water for bubbles!
Chai Maté Latte
Yerba maté, almond milk, cinnamon, and ginger come together for this healthified version of a decadent chai latte. Green tea has been studied extensively for its metabolism-boosting effects; ECGC is the compound inside that's responsible for the extra calorie burn you get from guzzling down a cuppa, but it could also be critical to helping keep weight off. A Netherlands-based study found that dieters who lost weight and then drank green tea daily for three months were less likely to put weight back on than those who lost the same amount of weight and skipped the green tea.
Swapping dairy milk for almond milk could also help wake up your metabolism in the morning. Almonds and almond milk are protein-rich, and eating more protein encourages the body to burn more calories according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Plus, the fall flavors in this drink are delightful!
Bring all ingredients together in a heavy-bottomed pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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