7 Ways To Burn Fat While Sleeping  (Science-based)

 

What if you could burn hundreds of extra calories per day while sitting in a chair, or even ways to burn fat while sleeping. Think about how much easier it would be to burn fat and stay lean? how much less time you would have to spend working out at the gym? and how much bigger and more filling your meals could be on a daily basis?

Well, this actually isn’t some distant fantasy. But instead for most people it’s totally possible, simply by boosting their metabolism or more specifically their resting metabolic rate and this is one of the biggest and most overlooked advantages that gives some people the ability to eat more food, have more cheat days, and simply enjoy life while staying lean.

So today I want to go over 7 powerful science packed ways to boost your metabolism allowing you to burn hundreds of extra calories per day without any extra effort.

-1 Optimize Your Thyroid Function

By: Shauna Stahlman, MPH, PhD; Gi-Taik Oh, MS

and the very first one is to optimize your thyroid function. This one alone can boost your metabolism by between 500 to 1000 extra calories per day if you currently have certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies preventing your thyroid from operating at maximum capacity.

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that’s located in the front of your neck right below your Adam’s apple, and research has proved a long time ago that your thyroid hormones have a major impact on your metabolic rate.

Now out of all the vitamins and minerals out there, it’s especially important to get enough iodine because your thyroid gland uses iodine to make thyroid hormones.

But the big problem is that according to the World Health Organization, 35 percent of the world’s population isn’t getting enough iodine on a daily basis. and not getting enough iodine in your diet can lead to very low levels of thyroid hormones being produced drastically slowing down your resting metabolism.

Now, most people primarily get iodine from salt but sea salt, doesn’t score very high in iodine and because of this it’s not very effective at helping you reach your daily requirements.
This is an even bigger issue because there’s been a big push within the health and fitness industry towards using sea salt over regular table salt as if sea salt has some kind of magical property that makes it that much better and healthier for you.

But the truth is that both sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional values and very similar amounts of sodium per gram.
So, for most people, it’s a good idea to replace regular saw or even sea salt with iodized salt to make sure that you’re getting proper levels of iodine in your diet.

And for those of you that are all about sea salt, the good news is that there are brands that offer iodized salt which would be just as effective at maintaining optimal iodine levels.

Now two other very important minerals for thyroid function are zinc and selenium because they have a role in the conversion of the thyroid hormone t4 into its active form t3. specifically, a zinc deficiency can have a very negative effect, and this was observed in one case study that showed that zinc supplementation could boost t3 levels and metabolism.

One of the zinc-deficient people in the study boosted their resting metabolism by an extra 527 calories per day after just 2 months of zinc supplementation. And after four months it went up by a whopping 992 calories per day.

Even though this study was very small, this is a huge change and zinc deficiencies are not quite as uncommon as you might think especially amongst athletic and active people because exercising increases your body’s demand for zinc and you also lose zinc through sweat.
So, taking a zinc supplement can be a good idea to make sure that your thyroid is functioning optimally and that your metabolism is running at top speed.

2- Regular Cooking Oil

Another thing that you could do to boost your metabolism is to switch from regular cooking oils to MCTS or (Medium Chain Triglycerides) that are specifically high in lauric acid.

One perfect example of this is coconut oil when comparing MCTs like coconut oil to
LCT’s or (Long Chain Triglycerides) which are found in butter, it seems that MCTs can help improve metabolism to a greater extent.

One study, in particular, found that switching to MCTS led to a 5% boost and resting metabolic rate, and another study showed that this boost could last for over six hours.

On top of that, a meta-analysis on a group of randomized controlled trials concluded that replacing LCTs with MCTS can help people lose weight and body fat without negatively affecting things like your cholesterol.

In fact, when compared to other facts, MCTS with lauric acid helped elevate levels of HDL
which is considered the good cholesterol.
And they also decrease the risk of heart disease. but keep in mind that the keyword in all of this is to Replace.

You shouldn’t just increase your consumption of mediums fats like coconut oil but instead replace some of the other sources of fat that you’re already using, otherwise just adding in more fat to your diet will cost you more calories than it’ll actually save you.

3- Eat Enough Protein

let’s move on to the next easy way to drastically increase your metabolism, eat enough protein.
Out of the three macro-nutrients, protein, Carbs, and fats. protein is by far the best at increasing your metabolism and it does that in two major ways.

First, it has a high thermic effect of food which is also known as (Diet-Induced Thermogenesis).
This means that the amount of energy it takes for your body to digest process and store protein is much higher when compared to other nutrients.

In fact, a 2014 review published in the Journal of nutrition and metabolism, concluded that 15-30% of the calories taken in from eating protein are used right back up during the digestion process.
that same study found that carbs required much less at around 5-10% while fats were at the lowest hovering around 0-3%, this means that for every 100 calories of protein that you eat it’ll take your body anywhere from 15-30 calories just to digest process and store that protein source.
This amount of calories may not sound like much but if you’re eating between 0.8 grams and 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day, for most people that would end up
burning anywhere between 100 to 250 extra calories per day.

Now the second thing that protein does for your metabolism is it helps you build muscle and prevents you from losing muscle while you get leaner, which is something that has been shown in countless studies.

4- Maintaining More Muscle

And maintaining more muscle is actually our next method to increase metabolism.
It used to be believed that one pound of muscle would burn anywhere from 30 to 50 calories per day.
But muscle isn’t quite as metabolically active as what some people have claimed in the past.
According to newer studies and updated research, each pound of muscle burns about 68 calories per day while this isn’t a huge amount there are other benefits that come from having more
muscle on your body that leads to a much bigger total impact on the way that your body uses energy at rest.

First, it leads to improving insulin sensitivity which allows your body to use glucose more efficiently.

Insulin resistance, on the other hand, will make it almost impossible to burn for energy, so we definitely want to have a higher insulin sensitivity by developing our muscles.

The other thing is that you’ll consistently deplete those glycogen stores with the type of workouts that are required to build muscle, this will allow you to now refill those glycogen stores in your muscles when you eat carbohydrates rather than storing those carbohydrates as fat. on top of that, it’ll also increase and improve your overall glycogen storage capacity again allowing you to take in more carbohydrates in the form of glucose into your muscle cells rather than into your fat cells.

This is why studies have shown that bodybuilders can have a 14% higher metabolism than similar control groups without the extra muscle mass, so once you add all the effects of eating more protein and building more muscle together you can see that muscle is very important for an improved metabolic rate.

5- Staying Hydrated Throughout The Day With Water

Next, I want to talk about staying hydrated throughout the day with water, and its effect on your metabolism.
One study showed that drinking 500 milliliters of water or a little more than two cups increase the metabolic rate by 30% for about 30 to 40 minutes, to save you the time from having to do the math that represents about an extra 24 calories burnt just by drinking two cups of water.

Now again this may not sound like a lot but if you do this multiple times a day and on top of that you drink cold water instead of regular water you would burn 100 or more extra calories per day.

This is because two separate studies both showed an increase by up to 25% in resting metabolic rate for an hour after drinking cold water, cold water specifically is believed to be beneficial because it forces your body to burn more calories to produce heat.

Now with that said it’s important for me to mention as I mentioned before in previous videos that you’re not going to magically burn fat and lose weight by just drinking more water, you will have to maintain a good diet as well but by only drinking water not only will it reduce the amount of calories that you take in per day but it could also help you burn an extra 100 calories or more per day.

-6 Eat Chili Peppers and Spicy Food in General

By Steve Johnson

Another thing you can do to increase your metabolism is to eat Chili Peppers and spicy food in general.

There’s something known as capsaicin that’s found in chili peppers and that’s what causes an increase in metabolism by activating brown adipose tissue or fat, and brown fat appears to have the ability to be able to use regular body fat as fuel to generate heat.

Another benefit of capsaicin is that evidence shows that it can promote fat oxidation and support your metabolism while restricting calories, so it can be particularly beneficial to eat spicy food with Chili Peppers while you’re on diet to prevent or at least limit metabolic slowdown.

Finally, as extra benefit capsaicin can also help you feel
Fuller, so if you have something spicy like chili peppers with dinner this can reduce your desire to eat after dinner which will prevent nighttime eating and support both your sleep quality and fat
loss.

7- Cold Exposure, Ice Baths, and Cold Showers

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Now the last scientifically proven way to increase your metabolism that I want to talk about is cold exposure ice baths and cold showers, specifically cold showers are believed by many people to highly increase your metabolic rate.
However, the effects aren’t quite as drastic as what most people say.

One of the major reasons why people think that taking a cold shower is so effective is because proponents of cold showers reported based on specific people within studies rather than the results of the entire study.

For example, one study found that when healthy men underwent two hours of cold exposure at 19 degrees Celsius or 66 degrees Fahrenheit, some of them increase their energy expenditure
by hundreds of calories.

Meanwhile, at the same time, others in the study did not have such a large spike in their metabolic rate. and this is a common reoccurring theme when it comes to research on the effects of cold showers and ice baths.

In another study one of the men exposed to the cold temperatures burnt an extra 400 calories per day, this is something that we would all love to have just by taking a cold shower.

But in that same study, the average increase in metabolic rate across all the subjects was only 75
calories, which I don’t think anyone would complain about but it’s not quite as significant as what some people believe about the metabolic boosting effects of cold exposure.
However, it does seem true that everyone will burn at least some more calories when their body
is cold because cold exposure can once again activate your brown fat.

A quick one-minute cold shower probably not do all that much. however, an ice bath would be much colder and now would allow you to burn calories much faster.

On the other side of the spectrum you can also just drop the room temperature to 66 degrees and keep it there all day to burn more calories over a longer period, just keep in mind that if you’re putting on sweatpants and a sweatshirt to tolerate the lower temperature it’ll probably not have any kind of effect on your metabolic rate.

That’s about it guys by combining a couple of these tips you’ll be able to burn an extra couple hundred calories per day while at rest which can truly be very beneficial for faster fat loss and easier weight maintenance.

Sources:

  1. Thyroid hormones regulate thermogenesis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
  2. 35% of the global population doesn’t get enough iodine: See Table 3.6, page 12. https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/h…
  3. “It is a myth (often also false advertising) that “natural” sea salt contains significant amounts of iodine.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…

3.5 Sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value, despite the fact that sea salt is often promoted as being healthier. Sea salt and table salt contain comparable amounts of sodium by weight. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/a…

  1. Zinc and Selenium play a role in the conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 into its active form, T3: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
  2. “ZD2 had a substantial increase in RMR of 527 kcal/day at 2 months, with a subsequent increase of 465 kcal/day at 4 months.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
  3. Two hours of cold exposure at 19 °C with light-clothing and intermittently putting their legs on an ice block, energy expenditure increased by hundreds of calories in some men See figure 2a https://sci-hub.tw/https://www.ncbi.n… Citation for the graph: Yoneshiro et al., 2010
  4. Brown fat is located around the neck and shoulders, so it may be a good idea to target these areas when taking cold showers: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
  5. Taking a cold shower before bed can help you fall asleep faster: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8…

8.5. Cold Exposure Https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3266793/

  1. “The diet providing a total of 15-30 g MCT per day stimulating 24-h EE by 5%” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8…
  2. Consuming Mct’s may boost your metabolism for over 6 hours See figure 1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2… Citation: Scalfi et al., 1991
  3. Lauric acid raises Hdl (good) cholesterol and improves the total-to-HDL ratio, which actually decreases cardiovascular risk: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8…
  4. “Replacement of LCTs with MCTs in the diet could potentially induce modest reductions in body weight and composition without adversely affecting lipid profiles” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
  5. “Drinking 500 ml of water increased the metabolic rate by 30%” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
  6. Two separate studies both demonstrated an increase by up to 25% in resting energy expenditure, one hour after drinking cold water.: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…).
  7. However not all evidence supports the theory for water boosting the metabolic rate.: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
  8. Capsaicin can increase metabolism by activating brown adipose tissues: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
  9. Evidence shows that chili peppers can promote fat-oxidation and support your metabolism while in energy restriction.: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
  10. Capsaicin improves the feeling of fullness and thus can reduce your desire to eat after dinner: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science…
  11. “DIT values are highest for protein (~15-30%), followed by CHOs (~5-10%) and fat (~0-3%)” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
  12. Protein helps you maintain muscle while you get leaner: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2… https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/52/6/376…
  13. Each pound does burn about six to eight calories per day: https://journals.lww.com/co-clinicaln…
  14. Bodybuilders had a 14% higher metabolism than a similar control group (see chart):https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8…