We are all longing for a super fast metabolism, one that is constantly burning up the fuel (calories) that we feed it, keeping us energized, feeling great, and losing weight.
But, over time, from simply aging and from our life choices, our metabolism can slow down over time, making it harder to lose weight.
Regardless of your age, there are plenty of things you an do to speed up that metabolism!
Here are 6 of them:
1. Do Not Skip Meals!
You know how, on the Cabbage Soup Diet, you’re supposed to eat 3-4 bowls of soup daily, or more? The reason for that is that if you eat smaller, low calorie, meals frequently, your metabolism does NOT stop, but is forced to keep moving, helping you to digest, burn energy (calories), and lose weight.
2. Stay Hydrated!
Yes, water is usually the answer to everything! HAHA. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to stay hydrated, but also to keep the liver cleanses and de-toxified. Also, the COLDER the water is, the more energy your body needs to use to bring itself back up to your normal temperature.
3. Start With Breakfast!
If you’re going to pick a time to have the heaviest meal of the day (yes, with fats, starches, etc) than that meal should be breakfast. Consuming the most calories during the morning will not only give you drive for the entire day, but, you’ll have more time to burn off those calories. Have your lightest meal at night, when you do the least amount of activity.
4. Eat More Protein!
Low fat, protein-rich foods (like the lean meat, chicken, or fish you have on Days 5&6 of the Cabbage Soup Diet) are exactly what you need to lose weight and keep it off. By having foods that fill you up, you have more energy to move, which means more energy to burn. Also, since proteins are made from amino acids, it takes more time for your body to digest. More time = more energy spent digesting. This equals weight loss. Yes!
5. Build Muscle!
Have you heard of the Cross Fit craze? In a nutshell, it is all about using your body, lifting weights, and really exerting yourself. It’s pretty intense, but the science behind it fits here, too.
By using heavy weights and going in slow reps, it causes your body to burn calories as you create muscle. Furthermore, the more muscle you have, the more energy you burn later, so this is a cycle of success and weight loss. Even while resting, having more muscle mass means you burn more calories.
Here is another Cabbage Soup Week rule that also applies to real life, when we are off the CSD and trying to eat well in the real world. I’ve also blogged about this a few times. PEPPERS. Spice. Jalapenos. Any food with capsaicin, the HOT stuff, actually stresses out your body and makes your body work harder (MORE energy needed, more calories burned) to digest it.
So, there you have it. 6 ways to rev UP your metabolism!
Oh, want a 7th?
Detox your body! Do a week long cleanse (Ahem, Cabbage Soup Diet, anyone?) to rid your body of the toxic sludge that has been slowing you down and your metabolism will be rockin’ and rollin’ soon, helping you to burn calories even while resting!
The hardest part of following ANY of the above tips is sticking TO the plan!
If you need help sticking to your meal plan, eating more fruits and veggies, and getting to the gym, I suggest you check out my review of Enjoying Weight Loss. With this program, you’ll WANT to hit the gym, you’ll be proud of yourself, and it will be easy to follow the eating plan of your choice.
To Your Health,