Let’s start this New Year with a healthy bang! January is Healthy Weight Awareness Month. And, we’ve never needed it more! This year, you can learn to boost your metabolism and burn more fat for your own healthy weight.
Many of us are coming off a year in which life-stress was in overdrive. Food and cooking habits when downhill for many. The Holidays were a source of over-eating, over-drinking, and high-sugar comfort foods.
If this sounds like your 2020, it’s time to shake off the stress and look forward. It’s a New Year. You can get a new metabolism. Here are 12 ways to burn more fat 24 hours per day in 2021 AND how you can use your Keto Zone story to win Dr. Colbert’s new book (end of the article).
How Can You Get a New Metabolism and Burn More Fat?
While you may have been told your whole life that you cannot change your metabolism. That it’s calories in and calories out. If you want to lose weight you simply eat less and exercise more. If you’ve been told this, you have not been told the whole story.
There’s more to it. Sure calories, and maybe more importantly calories from carbs, matter some. But, what matters more is the health of your cells, the type of fat in your body, and your body’s fuel source. The secret of changing your metabolism lies in these 3 factors.
Metabolism vs. BMR
Here’s the thing. For years we were told that metabolism is simply a calculation of how many calories your body burns at rest. This is not “metabolism,” this is Basil Metabolic Rate (BMR) or Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR).
When most people talk about metabolism, this is the number to which they are referring. And, they’re right. Realistically, there are no metabolism-boosting habits for BMR.
However, the whole of your metabolism is much more than BMR. Your metabolism has to do with the consumption, breakdown, storage, and/or use of food as energy. There are many factors that contribute to one’s metabolism.
Beyond your BMR, there are hormones and enzymes that influence the storage and breakdown of the nutrients, the cycle of hunger and feeling full, and the efficiency of metabolic processes. Your cells’ health is definitely influenced by nutrients, foods, and daily habits.
How to Improve Your Metabolism
There are 3 ways to improve your metabolism. You can:
- Get more brown fat. There are 2 types of fat in your body. There is white adipose tissue (WAT, white fat), and brown adipose tissue (BAT, brown fat). While they are both adipose tissue, they serve different purposes. White fat is likely the fat you think about most on your body. It’s the fat most people are trying to lose. It stores energy that has accumulated in fat droplet cells. Brown fat, on the other hand, actually burns calories. While it does store smaller amounts of energy, it’s packed with mitochondria. Mitochondria are the components in cells that produce energy. These fat cells have a calorie output called thermogenesis (1).
- Improve the health of your cells. Healthy cells are insulin-sensitive. This means that when there is glucose in your blood, and your body sends out insulin to deal with it, your cells respond and allow the glucose to enter them in a healthy way. Unhealthy cells don’t respond right, require more and more insulin, and store more and more fat. What’s more, hormones like ghrelin and leptin function poorly, making it hard for unhealthy cells to send fullness signals. These hormone dysfunctions lead to fat accumulation.
- Change your body’s fuel source. If you are familiar with the keto diet, you know that it’s a complete transformation of fuel source for the body. Instead of using carbs for fuel, your body makes and uses ketones in the absence of carbs. This can drastically change the way your body loses fat and operates.
Here are 12 ways to burn more fat in 24 hours, and change your metabolism.
12 Ways to Burn More Fat in 24 Hours. New Year, New Metabolism
1. Ice Cold Shower
It’s well accepted that exposing your body to cold temperatures can increase the conversion of beige to brown fat, and increase the activity of brown fat. However, the amount of cold-exposure time needed, and how long the effects last, is still not conclusive.
There is research to support both ice-cold showers and drinking ice water as mechanisms to recruit beige fat and increase calorie burn.
First, a 2003 study with 7 men and 7 women showed that drinking 500 mL (approximately 16 ounces) of ice water per day increased calorie output by ~100 calories per day. This increase was measured by indirect calorimetry (2).
Next, a blast of ice-cold water in the shower or an entire cold shower may increase beige fat conversion and thermogenesis. Your body will work, and burn calories, to keep you warm. What’s more, icy showers have been associated with healthy skin, immune system support, and better energy.
2. Keto Coffee
While it’s been hypothesized that diet affects brown fat, the nutrients and pathways had not previously been conclusive. Now we have some answers.
A recent study aimed to find if coffee stimulates brown fat to make heat.
The conclusion? Coffee and its caffeine caused cells to increase the uncoupling protein in the mitochondria. Caffeine also caused an increase in activation of brown and beige gene markers (beige fat cells transition from white ones).
3. Intermittent Fast
Intermittent fasting can affect weight and metabolism in several ways.
First, it reduces calorie consumption by limiting the time you eat. For most, this does not result in more daytime eating, but an overall reduction.
Then, it targets the health of your cells and body. It supports healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, healthy aging, healthy weights, normalized blood sugars, and more.
In fact, study after study has shown that intermittent fasting benefits body systems often affected by aging, including brain health, heart health, and blood sugars (3).
To fast 15-16 out of the 24 hours per day, finish eating at 7 pm each day, and fast with only non-carbohydrate liquids (like coffee) until 10 am or so. Then, utilize Keto Zone eating for 8 hours per day.
4. Add Green Tea Through the Day
Green tea has been found to increase thermogenesis. Since green tea contains both catechins and caffeine that can increase fat oxidation, it may work in different ways than by converting and activating brown fat. In fact, while many hypothesize that it can increase brown fat activity, studies do not substantiate it and more research is needed (4).
5. Spice Up Your Lunch
The main compound in chili peppers, capsaicin, can also boost your metabolism.
Capsaicin can help you lose weight in 3 ways. First, they promote fullness which can cause a reduction in calorie intake, especially when added to a Keto Zone diet. Then, they actually induce increased energy (calorie) expenditure after they are consumed. This means that they directly boost metabolism (5).
Third, it is one of a few foods that likely increases the conversion of white adipose tissue (low energy expenditure) to brown adipose tissue. Brown adipose tissue increases the cells’ calorie burn and energy expenditure, which is great for fat loss and lean mass (6).
What’s more, they also positively affect blood sugars and insulin (supporting cellular health) for more indirect metabolism help, promoting fat loss.
6. Get Up & Stop Sitting for Prolonged Hours
One way we assess metabolism is by how the body deals with foods after we eat. Do blood glucose, lipids, and insulin spike?
By breaking up prolonged sitting, you may be able to improve these metabolism outcomes. In fact, one recent study of 22 postmenopausal women (all of who had elevated blood sugars), found that breaking up sitting had a positive impact.
Both blood sugars and insulin were significantly improved when prolonged sitting (7.5+ hours) was broken up with either standing or walking. In fact, these benefits lasted into the next day.
What’s more, another study with 30 participants found metabolic improvements. Self-perceived energy and vigor, mood, levels of fatigue, and food cravings all improved when the prolonged sitting was broken up during the day (7).
So, set a time and stretch, walk, or head up some stairs every 2 hours.
7. Keep it Keto All Day Long
Keto Zone is your one-stop-diet-shop for improving your metabolism and burning more fat.
First, ketogenic diets have been shown to
Then, as you cut carbs, you can support insulin sensitivity and the health of cells. This helps them function better, oxidize more fat, and accumulate less.
8. Exercise for Muscle & High Heart Rates
Sometime during the day, any time, find time to get your heart rate up with high-intensity interval training (HIIT). For an added boost, add resistance training (weights).
Exercise provides many benefits to the body. Some of its benefits include the potential to increase brown fat activity and activation and increase thermogenesis.
Humans and animals have the potential to produce a hormone called irisin. This hormone is being studied for it’s potential in converting beige fat to brown fat (10). Irisin is found in higher amounts in more active humans than those who are sedentary. Irisin is best produced with high-intensity interval training is used for exercise. High-intensity interval training can be utilized with gym classes, online classes, or by simply doing aerobic exercise like swimming, jump-roping, or jogging at a comfortable speed, then more intense speed, and repeating.
What’s more, when you exercise and build muscle, your body continues to burn extra calories after you’re done, for up to 24 hours! That’s a big-time metabolism boost!
9. All Day: Load on the Healthy Fats
Keto is all about high fat consumption and low carbs. But, these cannot be just any fat.
They need to be healthy fat to fully support cellular health and metabolism. Should you use soybean oil? Canola oil? Vegetable oil? No way.
Instead, use healthy metabolism-supporting fats like avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). MCT oil has been shown to specifically increases energy expenditure (metabolism boost) and support healthy weights (11).
10. Take Your Metabolism-Boosting Supplements
A few individual nutrients become even more important for metabolism as we age. They can increase metabolism by improving the health of cells and hormone balance.
- Vitamin D levels are associated with healthy weight and improved cellular health. In fact, most people who are obese are also low in Vitamin D.
- Fish Oil and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA): Although fish oil is often associated with reduced fat stores, it’s also involved with brown fat thermogenesis. Furthermore, some research has found that EPA is linked with increased brown fat formation in mice and human cell lab cultures. While more research needs to be done to confirm its effect on human brown fat tissue, it is well-established that EPA from fish oil supports human health (12, 13).
- Diindolylmethane (DIM) has a direct effect on estrogen balance and the production of healthful estrogen vs. detrimental estrogen. This is especially important to the metabolism of women in middle age (14).
11. Destress with Prayer and Meditation
Reducing cortisol is a huge component of healthy cells and metabolism. Chronically elevated cortisol is associated with reduced insulin sensitivity and fat accumulation.
In addition to healthy eating and exercise, prayer can significantly help you de-stress and reduce cortisol.
In fact, prayer has been shown to increase the secretion of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, that decrease cortisol, promote relaxation, focus, and motivation.
Wind down with gratitude and prayer before hitting the hay.
12. 7 Or More Hours of Sleep Per Night
Good quality sleep has many health, metabolism, and healthy aging benefits. These include reduced daily cortisol, optimal melatonin levels, boosted moods, healthy body weight, and heart health support.
And, there’s a Sleep Metabolism Boost!
Scientists have discovered that sleeping in a room between 60° and 67°F can boost your metabolism. It increases your calories burn by 7% during sleep hours. It’s that brown fat at work again, keeping you warm (15).
What About You? Tell Us Your Keto Zone Metabolism & Health Story to Enter to Win!
How has the Keto Zone helped you burn more fat and change your metabolism (or weight and health) in the past weeks, months, or years?
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It’s a New Year, and yes, you can have a new metabolism. Use our tips to burn more fat, 24 hours per day!