How to Kick Your Metabolism Into Shape: Part 1

healthy metabolismOne of the most important components to living a healthy lifestyle is taking care of your metabolism. Simply put, a metabolism is the sum of everything your body does. When you eat, your body breaks down the nutrients into enzymes, which then converts into fuel that keeps your body running. The faster your metabolism is, the faster you will be able to burn calories and lose weight.

But what happens when your metabolism goes too slow? Then you slowly start putting on weight and become obese. Obesity generally means that you weigh at least 20% more than what is considered a normal weight for your height. So, to keep the weight off it is crucial you live an active lifestyle and you maintain a healthy metabolism.

Here are some of the best ways to get your metabolism back into gear so you can lose weight without a problem.

Exercise in intervals
Next time you are working out, do some interval training. Just simply do the workout you are already doing but at a fast pace for a short amount of time. For example, if you are walking, every two minutes or so, jog for 30 seconds or so. You can do this with any exercise and it is a good habit to have, as it will keep your metabolism steady for longer after the workout is done.

Eat some more Omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids are great for balancing blood sugar and reduce inflammation, which in return works to stabilize and boost metabolism. Some good sources include salmon, tuna, chia seeds, walnuts, spinach, and soybeans. You can also take a dietary supplement every day to get additional benefits.

Strength train
This comes down to the basic principles of weight loss, the more muscle you have the easier it will to burn calories and eventually shed those extra pounds. Simply weight train for about a half an hour about three days a week to build up some muscle mass that will help your resting metabolism work harder than before. You have two different kinds of metabolism, one when you are resting and the other when you are exercising. Weight lifting will boost your resting metabolism, as there will be more muscle to help burn calories when you are not working.

You don’t have to work hard to get a healthy metabolism, you just have to dedicate some patience! For more metabolism-boosting tips, keep an eye out for our next blog.

5 Healthy Lifestyle Habits Anyone Should Try

healthy lifestyleIf you have just lost a good amount of weight, then it is crucial that you keep up your healthy lifestyle as a way to ensure the weight stays off. While you don’t have to create another weight loss plan, it is crucial that you follow some tips to ensure your body stays as happy and healthy as can be.

Living a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle doesn’t have to be all about weight loss, exercise, and eating healthy foods. For a more balanced approach to your health, here are some healthy lifestyle habits anyone should pick up, no matter if they are at the start of their weight loss program or are just looking to be a bit healthier in their everyday life.

Prep your meals ahead of time
The idea behind this is simple — if your meals are already prepared ahead of time, then you will be less likely to eat unhealthy portions and calorie-rich foods. Take a few hours out of your Sunday to prep both lunches and dinners full of nutrient packed foods such as lean proteins, healthy carbs, and tons of veggies. Plus, this will save you lots of time as you won’t have to cook meals from scratch every day after work.

Drink water
Dehydration is a tricky thing because signs that you are dehydrated can seem like hunger pains. Always keep some water nearby to sip during the day, and feel free to spruce up your drink with some fresh herbs and fruits to change things up.

Stretch at the start of every day
Get your blood flowing by starting every morning with a few full body stretches. Not only will this help the blood flow to your brain, but you’ll also be less likely to feel cramping or discomfort when you get up and moving.

Do a lap every hour
Sitting down is terrible for your health, so every hour make sure to get up and walk around your office or work space a bit. Just getting some fresh air can bring improved focus and clarity to your work.

Enjoy your meals
Sit down and eat slower, making sure you actually take the time to savor what you eat! Most of us eat too fast, which leads to overeating and that bloated feeling. Instead, sit down, chew slowly, and really enjoy the meal in front of you.

More than one-third of American adults are considered obese today, but just because you’re overweight that doesn’t mean you have to be unhealthy. These five simple habits will help anyone who struggles to maintain a healthy lifestyle get back on track. Try them out and you will be on the path to living the best life you can.

How to Kick Your Metabolism Into Shape: Part 2

losing weightIn our previous post, we went over the basics of a healthy metabolism and some tips anyone can use to boost this important system in their body. The best thing about a metabolism is that no matter why it is working slowly, there is always something you can do to get it back into gear.

Here we continue with our list of additional tips and tricks that will help boost your metabolism and support your weight loss.

Drink up

It’s always important to stay hydrated, but you don’t always have to concentrate on water! Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, most notably catechin, which has been shown in many studies to crank up metabolism. Plus, green tea is full of caffeine which will give you an energy boost, while helping with digestion.

Don’t go on fad diets

Fad diets such as liquid cleanses can be exceptionally harmful to a healthy metabolism as they can really throw your body for a loop. They focus on fast weight loss instead of sustainable weight loss and their plans are set to rev up your metabolism at first and then when it can’t sustain itself, have it decline rapidly. So stay away from fad diets and eat wholesome foods to lose the weight and keep it off. Just keep in mind that researchers believe you have to burn roughly 3,5000 calories to lose a pound of fat, so try to balance out healthy foods with some indulgences.

Don’t forget breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — And there is a reason behind that saying. A good breakfast gives your body fuel to start the day off right, and if you skip this meal, your metabolism can crash. This can leave you feeling like you’re in a slump.

Focus on smaller meals more often

Losing weight is easy when you graze and have smaller meals more frequently. This is so your metabolism doesn’t rise then fall dramatically within a few hours, and so you eat a balanced meal when you truly feel hungry. Balanced meals full of fiber and wholesome fats will help sustain you for longer than snacking on empty calories.

With these tricks in mind, your metabolism will be back to normal in no time. Losing weight will never be easier, and you’ll be able to feel like you again!

As always, please contact a medical professional with any questions you have before starting a diet routine.