If you’ve ever gone on a diet, been overly stressed, cut calories, went on a workout binge, or taken metabolism boosting supplements you probably have a broken metabolism. The good news is your metabolism can easily be fixed using these 10 tips below. Think of this blog as the beginning stages of restoring a healthy metabolic rate, as awareness is the key to action.
Try and take on board these following tips to really give your metabolism that needed boast!
1.) Stop Dieting.
Crash diets, diet pills, and lose-weight-quick fixes might give you fast results, but all they’re really doing is slowly, but surely slowing down your already hurting metabolism. Fad diets are much more detrimental to your health and body than losing weight at a slower, but more consistent pace. Plus, you’ll actually keep the weight off doing it this way.
2.) Avoid Refined Sugars and Artificial Sweeteners.
Having loads of sugar floating around in your blood stream created a vicious cycle of hormonal imbalances. You want your body to be running as efficiently as possible – so reduce the sweet stuff!. Also artificial sweeteners shouldn’t replace sugars and high-fructose corn syrup, since it’s scientifically proven they contribute to biochemical imbalances.
3.) Skip Cardio and Start Metabolic Workouts.
Cardio can contribute to excess cortisol, which leads to muscle loss and lowered thyroid function. If your goal is to build fat-burning lean muscle and burn more calories than running for 30 minutes on a treadmill, then a metabolic resistance training exercise program is perfect for you
4. Eat 5-6 Meals a Day.
Unlike the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner routine, eating several small meals can prevent your metabolism from slowing down throughout the day. The key to eating metabolism boosting meals is balancing your macronutrients. Start off with a high-quality protein, then a non-inflammatory fat, then top off your meal with easily digestible carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, starches, gluten-free grains for example).
5. Practice Mindful Breathing.
Stress is a metabolism killer. The hormonal and biochemical consequence of chronic stress leads to adrenal fatigue, decreased thyroid function, poor digestion, and loss of muscle mass. This is a recipe of a slow and sluggish metabolism. Find 10 minutes a day to take a few deep diaphragmatic breaths, relax, and watch your stress levels float away.
6. Avoid “fake” foods.
One very important thing to do is make sure you eat eat real food. This means trying to eat as organic as possible most of the time, but not obsessing about only eating organic, since that’s next to impossible. Additives, preservatives, and chemicals can significantly slow down your metabolic rate, by overloading your liver with toxins.
7. Get some sleep.
That “running on empty” feeling you have when you haven’t had enough rest is exactly how your metabolism is functioning. Getting a good nights sleep could help you reboot your metabolism. Lack of sleep can literally make or break your fat loss efforts, because even just one bad night of sleep has significant hormonal consequences. Try for 7-8 hours of sleep every night from the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
8. Eat more fat.
Of course it is the type of fat matters. Most people would think either, fat isn’t healthy or they would think something like vegetable oils are the healthiest fat Both would be wrong. We need to start eating more saturated and monounsaturated fats in our diet and avoid polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats can boost your metabolism by cleansing the liver, boosting thyroid hormone, and promoting energy metabolism.
9. Drink more water.
This is probably the most generic tip on this list, because I know you here this one all of the time. Drinking enough water is the easiest way to guarantee you you’re your detoxification organs, which are very important for most metabolic functions, functioning optimally.
10. Limit Your Carbs On Low Activity Days.
The more you exercise, the more carbs you can “afford” to eat. Carbs are fuel for our bodies, so they give you energy for exercise and your metabolic processes, but if you’re inactive say all day and eat sandwiches for lunch, a bunch of fruit for a snack, then sweet potatoes for dinner, that’s a lot of carbs for a day that you didn’t exercise.
If you can start to follow these guidelines you will see a massive difference to your results from all the hard work in the gym!
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