8 ways to boost your metabolism

Drink water
German researchers have found that, after drinking about 17 ounces of water, study subjects' metabolic rates increased by about 30 percent.
The effects were quick and relatively long-lasting: The rise occurred within 10 minutes of drinking the water and lasted for up to 40 minutes.
Based on their findings, the researchers estimate that increasing your water consumption by 1.5 liters a day could burn an extra 17,400 calories in a year.


Drink grapefruit juice
Researchers at UC Berkeley found that mice on a high-fat diet that drank sweetened grapefruit juice gained less weight than other mice that drank sweetened water.
After 100 days, the juice-drinking mice weighed 18.4 percent less than the other mice, and they had better metabolic health (better blood-sugar levels and insulin sensitivity).
Results only occurred with a high-fat diet

Get more exposure to colder temps
According to research, exposure to the cold can boost the metabolism by anything from 8 to 80 percent, depending on variables like the duration, your age, and your BMI.
A 2014 study found that 15 minutes in the cold could be the metabolic equivalent of an hour of exercise.
Another study from last year found that people who live in warmer parts of Spain are more likely to be obese than people who live in cooler parts of the country.

Build muscle
Your basic metabolic rate accounts for about 70 percent of the calories you burn every day.
People who have more muscle burn more calories, even at rest

Get some sun
Researchers have found that moderate exposure to UV rays releases nitric oxide, which slows the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
During their 2014 study, scientists found that overfed mice exposed to UV light actually slowed their weight gain and displayed fewer signs of diabetes.

Eat more dairy
A study published in the journal Diabetes found that a decrease in calcium levels can trigger the release of calcitriol, a hormone that causes people to store fat.
Many experts support the results and say that a calcium deficiency can slow metabolism.
Reach for two or three daily servings of low-fat milk, cheese, or yogurt.

Laugh more
Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that genuinely laughing causes a 10 to 20 percent increase in energy expenditure and heart rate.
Based on their study, 10 to 15 minutes of legit laughter a day could burn up to 40 extra calories.

Eat more organic foods
Canadian researchers found that dieters with the highest levels of organochlorines (found in pesticides) had slower metabolisms than those with lower levels of the pollutant.
Other research recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives reports that pesticides can contribute to weight gain.