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Kickstart Your Metabolism – Here’s How!

March 4, 2013
Sloan Hemmer: Photo by Jay Tamang
Sloan Hemmer: Photo by Jay Tamang

Sloan Hemmer: Photo by Jay Tamang

We start off the week with Sloan Hemmer’s four easy steps to kick start your metabolism.

As we age, our bodies tend to slow down, sag and sometimes fall apart. However you might notice how some people seem to defy age (and gravity). Follow these suggestions and I promise you can be one of those “some” people.

SAY NO TO RESTRICTIVE DIETS
Do NOT, I repeat do NOT put yourself on a restrictive diet ever. This is the most sure fire way to mess with your metabolism. When you restrict nutrients, your body goes into survival mode and starts to hold onto your calories and resets caloric needs in the wrong direction. Once you get back to reality, your body needs even fewer calories to survive and any weight lost, will come back, and then some.

EAT BREAKFAST
I know you have heard this over and over but are you doing it?  It is THE most important meal of the day and a banana is not breakfast. Breakfast should include protein, healthy fat and complex carbohydrates.

GET YOUR 7 HOURS
Lack of sleep is one of the biggest problems when it comes to your metabolism and weight gain.  Those who average five hours or less per night can end up eating an extra 500 calories per day and these calories usually come from processed and sugary foods.

DECREASE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION & DITCH THE PROCESSED SUGAR
First of all, it is important for you to know about the hormone leptin, which is responsible for energy intake and expenditure as well as fat storage. Alcohol and sugar are two of the biggest leptin inhibitors because they cause your blood sugar to go up, which can (and usually does) lead to stored fat.

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