Your metabolism is a system that converts what you eat and drink into energy for daily use. Metabolism has the ability to speed up or slow down and a speedy metabolism is crucial for weight loss.
The key to speeding up your metabolism is working with your body (not against it) and understanding that it does everything in your best interest. This can include burning fat at an increased pace or storing fat to use later. How you live your day-to-day life determines the outcome.
So, how can you speed up your metabolism in order to effectively reduce body fat?
Eat Healthy Fats
Fats, particularly heathy fats, play an important role in metabolism function and weight loss. Good fats boost metabolism function and keep you feeling satisfied. Add oily fish (salmon), olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, dark chocolate, natural peanut butter, nut butters, flax-seed, walnuts, olives, and soybeans into your diet.
Frequent & Smaller Meals
Eat small meals consisting of a lean protein, veggies, fruit, and healthy fats every 3-4 hours. Eating more frequently can actually help you develop a better relationship with food and keep you burning calories for hours.
Drinking 2-3 liters of water per day may help speed up your metabolism by 30%. Dehydration is the fastest way to slow metabolism function so staying properly hydrated is important in increasing your overall metabolic rate.
Rest & Relaxation
Sleep is incredibly underrated. Sleep helps the body perform at its best all day long. Sleep deprivation or exhaustion signals your metabolism to slow down and use less energy. This can ultimately lead to poor food choices – like reaching for a quick-fix candy bar or soda. Sleeping your way skinny works! Strive for 7-9 hours each night.
Avoid restrictive diets, crash diets, fad diets, liquid diets, cleansing, and/or detoxing. Diets that promote quick weight loss (more than 1-3 lbs per week) or force you to eat under 1,300 calories per day are harmful to your health. They force your body into starvation mode which ultimately means your metabolism slows down, your body stores the food you do eat as fat, and in the long-term you gain weight.
Eat Yourself Skinny
Extreme calorie restriction puts intense stress on your body and hinders weight loss. Your body is smart! When forced to function on a low-calorie diet, it will compensate by slowing down and conserving ALL calories for survival. Instead, feed your body fresh healthy foods (and plenty of them) so that it can run efficiently, effectively, and at its peak. Not sure where to start? Nab this FREE clean eating grocery list or check out customized meal plans.
Add these foods into your diet for optimal health: Chicken, lean beef, peppers, almonds, flax seeds, avocado, green tea, water, salmon, melon, apples, soybeans, lentils, and raspberries.