Have you ever weighed yourself and noticed the scale wasn’t budging and you were struggling to lose weight?
After turning 40 (and before the age of 40), I have been right where you are and felt this same frustration. Sometimes we can seemingly do all of the things we think we should be doing to reach our health and weight goals, but our metabolism is frustratingly seems to be working against us. Having a healthy, functioning metabolism to regulate our bodies is a crucial piece of the puzzle.
There are things that can cause a sluggish metabolism and a slew of things we can do to rev it up, as well. I’m sure you’re familiar with some of those tried-and-true ways to kick your metabolism into gear, which do in fact work very well. Some of these popular tricks include…
A good nights sleep. Sleep is when our bodies rejuvenate and replenish, so getting healthy amounts of sleep on a regular basis will help to keep a healthy metabolism.
Drinking water. Drinking enough water affects your metabolism, so drink up! Drink approximately half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. Proper hydration lends far more benefits to your health than a healthy metabolism, so this one is very important.
Eating breakfast. A large percentage of the population skips breakfast. Mornings can be rushed and busy, but starting your day with a healthy protein packed breakfast is very helpful for cultivating a healthy metabolism.
Exercise. Of course! Specifically, High Intensity Interval Trainings (HIIT) are excellent for hitting the metabolism reset button.
If you’re doing the above mentioned and still feel extremely challenged to lose weight I’m here to help.
You may not have heard of these or tried them but here are 4 more ways to jumpstart your metabolism that just might do the trick…
Eating enough. Yes. I’m giving you full permission to eat. There’s a common misconception that eating less helps you lose weight, which is not entirely accurate unless you are eating 5 fast food meals a day. Eating enough calories spread throughout your day will keep your metabolism constant. Overeating is never a good idea, so don’t do it no matter how good the food tastes (you can always get more), but don’t be afraid to eat healthy, whole foods until your stomach is 80% full!
Get spicy. It’s getting HOT in here…adding some hot peppers into your meals may give a pop to your metabolism; so if you enjoy a little spice in your meals, remember this trick. My boyfriend, Dave, is from New Mexico (land of the Hatch Green Chili) and is addicted to green and red chili, so we have a constant supply of chili in our household keeping things spicy.
Intermittent Fasting. This is when you don’t eat for up to 12, 15 or 18 hours. When you practice intermittent fasting you allow your body to burn fat as fuel instead of the foods you eat non-stop. This form of fasting is wonderful in helping your body to start healing and detoxing your body since it doesn’t have to worry about sending all its energy on digestion. I personally will eat dinner at 6pm without any night snacking and not eat breakfast until 9 am the next day. That’s gives my digestive system 15 hours to clean, clear and burn calories.
Practice yoga. Roll out your dusty yoga mat. Yoga poses that help to rev up your metabolism are lunges, bow pose, plow pose, fish pose and spinal twist and the good old downward facing dog. (Stay tuned for yoga video on my website)
Pick out a tip or two to start implementing this week if you’ve been frustrated with your goal of losing weight and it is taking longer than you’d hoped. Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re going to try. I’d love to cheer you on!