We know stalled weight loss can dishearten or discourage most of us at time. Maybe your lack of energy and weight loss challenges aren’t a diet issue, but your metabolism that’s off-balance and needs a wake up call! Below are a few simple easy steps to assist in speeding up that metabolism:
1. Boost metabolism every three hours - One of the best ways to keep your metabolism working is to eat a small meal every three hours therefore increasing your meals to 5 - 6 a day. The plate should have three small portions – one protein, one carbohydrate or fat, and unlimited vegetables. Small, frequent meals keep things moving abd the simple act of eating stimulates your metabolism by triggering digestion. Every time your body digests food, it ramps up your total metabolic rate and in turn, assist with weight loss.
2. Increase your metabolic thermostat - Your thyroid acts as a metabolic thermostat. It releases hormones that play a major role in controlling your body’s temperature and the rate that your body burns calories. When your thyroid is working at its max, your metabolism will be sky-high. If your thyroid’s function is impaired, the metabolic rate slows down and leads to weight gain. The key to keeping your thyroid working hard is in eating good carbs, like whole grains, root vegetables and beans. The myth that all carbs are our enemy is simply untrue.
3. Build your metabolic muscle - The number-one consumer of calories in your body is muscle. The more muscle mass you have, the more your body works toward burning calories whilst we sleep. It’s extremely important to maintain muscle during weight-loss. A great way to build muscle is by doing cardio with light weights or high intensity weight training. It’ll keep your heart rate up, while sculpting your body to be more lean and muscular.