Manipulate your metabolism

Sometimes it’s easier to focus on one or two specific things rather than change your whole diet/life/decor. So I’ve compiled a few unusual tricks to amp up your weight loss or just make you feel more energetic.

Put ice in it
Researchers have found people who drank 8-12 glasses of ice-cold water a day had higher metabolic rates than those who only drank 4 glasses – possibly because your body burns a few calories heating the cold water to your body temperature.

Sleep more
You don't expect this to be a weight-loss tip, but when you don’t get enough sleep, it messes with the hormones that regulate appetite. Researchers found people who sleep less than 7.5 hours a night gain weight.

Think we could kill two calories with one stone by sleeping on ice? Just a thought.

Ditch the juice
Don't let OJ dupe you. Just because it comes from a fruit, doesn’t make it healthy. According to the Examiner, a glass of OJ has the same amount of sugar as a glass of Pepsi. (We knew it wasn't great for us, but equal to a Pepsi? Ouch.) It takes 5 oranges to make one 8 oz. glass of OJ. Plus all the fruit’s vitamins are lost in the process.

Do you have any easy tips to cut calories or increase your metabolism? Don't hold out on us.

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