Many of the questions I receive on a daily basis have to do with nutrition. When you began here, I went through a nutrition plan with you. As you continue here, we may need to make tweaks along the way once we learn how your body reacts to certain changes in your diet. The one thing I want to focus on today though is your metabolism. There are many factors that can change, speed up or slow down how fast your body is burns calories to produce energy including exercise, how often you eat, what you eat your age, your genetic make-up and more. So, let’s get to it.
First, everyone’s metabolism is different, meaning that everyone is going to burn up calories at a different rate. Here are some of my tips on how you can boost your metabolism and kick it into high gear.
1. Keep up and stay consistent with your exercise routine. High intensity workouts, like bootcamp, can keep your resting metabolic rate higher, which mean you’re burning more calories throughout the day.
2. Drink more water. Studies show that the more water you drink, the harder your body will work.
3. Eat breakfast. When you’re body wakes it, it needs to be fed so it doesn’t go into starvation mode. Eating will also kick-start your metabolism for the day. Just make sure you are making good choices like a protein shake or eggs.
4. Speaking of protein, eat more of it and less carbs. Protein takes longer for your body to digest, therefore, using more calories to do so.
5. Eat more frequently throughout the day, about every 3 – 4 hours. Keeping your body fed keeps your metabolism moving. Choose good snacks like almonds, hard boiled eggs, fruits and vegetables.
6. Spice it up! Adding red pepper flakes or cumin can help your metabolism work faster because chemical compounds they contain.
7. Stick with that morning cup of black coffee. Studies suggested that the caffeine intake will help with burning calories also. Just stay away from fru-fru coffees that add extra calories. If you need it sweeter, try using Stevia or honey.
8. So you’re a tea drinker? Green tea is also a natural metabolism booster because it contains a compound called EGCG, which is a natural fat burner. Who knew, right?
9. Load up on the omega-3s. Besides giving your body that natural spurt of energy, this fatty acid is known for sending signals to your brain that say, “I’m full.” That’s doubly great!
10. Get some sleep! If you’re tired, your body’s hormones don’t work in sync like they should. Help them work properly by doing your part and getting enough rest when you need it.
These are just a few tips. If you have more questions about your nutrition or making positive changes to your diet, please stop in and see me. I’m committed to help you making choices in your daily nutrition.