If your metabolism has entered into the snail zone don’t worry. There are a few easy ways to get your metabolism moving.
Tip 1 – Leave Your Diet Mentality at the Door. When people go on a diet, they plan to go off a diet. Going off the diet leads to weight gain, sometimes more than you lost. This is a big mistake for a lot of people they spend all day thinking about what they can’t eat and we all know what you focus on expands. When I started losing weight believe it or not, I didn’t focus on weight loss. That’s right. I focused on a permanent lifestyle change. You have to change your mindset. Why do you want to lose weight? It should be more than to fit in a pair of jeans. Attach your goal to a life changing result, such as: I want to reverse my diabetes, or heart disease. I want to alleviate pain and dis-ease (disease) in my body. I want to play with my children without feeling exhausted. I want to remove stress.
Start thinking about all the delicious healthy replacement foods you can enjoy. Try Kale chips instead of potato chips. Try making your own salad dressings, instead of store bought. Get in the habit of grilling, sautéing, roasting instead of frying. Get creative.
Tip 2 – Drink More Water. We’ve all heard it before. Start your morning with a nice room temperature glass of lemon water. If you can’t stand lemon water feel free to add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar to your glass. If both of those are not an option plain water will do. Have a glass of water next to your bed and drink it when you wake up. Morning breath and all, okay you can brush your teeth. But drinking water in the morning helps your body to break the night time fast, as well as gives the kidneys, adrenals, and liver a chance to flush. Drinking too much coffee first thing in the morning can cause the body to increase cortisol levels leading to belly fat.
Tip 3 – Eat More to Weigh Less. Eat several times a day and eat more fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Stock up on fruits and vegetable and carry them as snacks. Raw seeds and nuts are great on the go snacks too. Let your salad or vegetables cover half your plate. When you do this you will find you don’t have to count calories, count colors.
To really rev up your metabolism eat every 3 hours, meaning breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner snack. Try to have a green smoothie for breakfast or as a snack, as well as eat a salad or sautéed vegetable with your lunch and dinner. The body works hard to break down these raw vegetables which helps to raise your body’s metabolism. Along with boosting the metabolism, the vegetables are natural detoxifiers that will help your body process the other non vegetable food items. Because fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water and fiber you will help your digestive system. Going longer than 4 hours between meals slows down the metabolism. Your body will start to store food because it doesn’t know when the next meal is coming. So eat smart, and eat often.
Tip 4 – Small Changes Lead to Big Results Over Time – Don’t try to change too much too fast. If your healthy lifestyle becomes a chore or something you dread you will likely fall off track. Keep it simple, easy and attainable. Try to make small changes like the ones listed above and once you can do those easily add another.
Tip 5 – Get Up And Move – Whether you’re a stay at home person or a full time employee/business owner. It is easy to get caught up sitting in front of a computer. If you get up and move every 1 to 2 body will thank you. Go for a walk on your break, walk a message to your coworker instead of sending an email, go to the bathroom or a private space and do short burst of high intensity interval training exercises like 10 jumping jacks, squats, high knees, touch your toes, leg lifts under your desk. You get the idea, simple small movements throughout the day can add up. There are so many fitness routines available on the internet, but walking is a great place to start if you haven’t been moving in a while. I don’t recommend starting with Beach Body or Tae Bow work your way up to those.
There are many fitness and eating plans out there, find what works for you. Going raw overnight may work for some and not for others. You may find you need a meat source and being vegan isn’t for you. I incorporated a little bit of a lot of good things and lost over 60 pounds and you can too. The main thing is to make choices that will take you in the direction of your goals.
Stay focused, Stay well, Stay connected.
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