Weightloss–The topic of the year, it is always your first though of the day, heck, who am I kidding, it’s the topic of the hour. It is just a simple word yet, to many individuals it consumes their lives; heavier individuals want to be skinny, skinny humans to be fit, we all want to have a healthy lifestyle, whatever it is, everyone has the same struggle—Metabolism.
What if there was a way to help ignite your metabolism and all you had to do was alter your lifestyle a twitch?
Let’s talk about it and see if taking charge of your metabolism by shifting the way you live.
If your metabolic rate is slow, you are probably suffering from the common cause: chronic inflammation. Did you know that this is issue actually caused right from your stomach! Yuck!
Why is your gut stuck in the muck? Well, lets look at the foods you’re eating.
It’s as simple as this, you have a “food sensitivity.”
No, calm down, you aren’t celiac and you absolutely do not need to go on an extreme diet:
But, beware of what you are consuming. Actually, too much of anything can be an overkill to our bodies. It all starts at our stomaches that then sends terrible ideas to our metabolism and then, well, gets taken out on us where the entire world can see!
Try these different tips:
WHEY PROTEIN FUELS MUSCLE GROWTH AND REPAIR
“Protein in general has a tendency to rev up your metabolic engine due to its thermogenic effects, meaning, it makes your body produce more heat and in turn, burn more calories—whey is particularly effective for this!” (1)
INTERMITTED FASTING HELPS IGNITE YOUR FAT BURNING ENGINE.
We have all heard of cutting calories and then some of us take it to the extreme by not eating at all. Which is SO INCREDIBLY BAD FOR YOU. Did it seem like I was yelling at you? Good, because I was.
“Both intermittent fasting and continuous calorie restriction have been shown to produce weight loss and improve metabolic disease risk markers. However, intermittent fasting tends to be slightly more effective for reversing insulin resistance.” (1)
AVOID SITTING TO KEEP YOUR METABOLISM GOING
This is my favorite one because almost everyone I know sits for their job. But, this means you get to purchase one of those cool balance balls and use that for a chair instead of a chair with wheels. The ball helps keep your core tight, it keeps you moving all day, and it also helps posture… SIGN ME UP!
“Most adults need more muscle building activities, and strength training (aka resistance training or weight training) is an excellent way to achieve this. Working your muscles is the key to firing up your metabolism—muscle contraction is the booster rocket of fat loss. Unlike traditional cardio, strength training causes you to continue burning more calories for up to 72 hours after the exercise is over through a phenomenon called after-burn.” (1)
“A gut-healthy diet is one that eliminates sugars and processed foods and is rich in whole, unprocessed, unsweetened foods, along with traditionally fermented or cultured foods. If you are interested in learning how to make delicious naturally fermented foods at home, please refer to my earlier article. It should also be noted that intermittent fasting has proven benefits for your gut flora—so fasting actually gives your metabolism a double whammy, in a good way!” (1)
When consumed before exercise, coffee has been shown to exert the following positive effects:
- Improved energy and endurance
- Increased microcirculation
- Reduced pain
- Better muscle preservation
- Improved fat burning
According to research in Physiology & Behavior:7
“Positive effects on body-weight management have been shown using green tea mixtures. A green tea-caffeine mixture improves weight maintenance through thermogenesis, fat oxidation, and sparing fat free mass… Taken together, these functional ingredients have the potential to produce significant effects on metabolic targets such as thermogenesis and fat oxidation.” (1)
Other metabolic menaces you may need to address include food sensitivities, poor sleep, and stress. Chronic low-level inflammation may be pushing the kill-switch on your fat-burning engine. You might have to do some experimenting, but rest assured there are a number of effective strategies for hitting your “metabolic reset” button—it’s just a matter of finding where yours is stuck.
So give it all a go, maybe only try one for a week and go to the next or simply add each one weekly to make the perfect combination TO STOMP YOUR SLOW METABOLISM!!