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Kickstart Your Metabolism – Here’s How!

March 4, 2015
Sloan Hemmer: Photo by Jay Tamang

Nutrition expert 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 them!

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 Sleep
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.

Ditch the Booze
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.

Sloan Hemmer: Photo by Jay Tamang

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Shocking Facts About Weight Loss

July 23, 2012
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Are you spending hours on the elliptical in the hopes of burning calories and squeezing into that bikini with lackluster results? Chances are, you’re skipping the weight room.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, only 21 percent of women strength train two or more times a week—but those two sessions a week can reduce your overall body fat by about 3 percentage points in just 10 weeks, without any dieting! What exactly does 3 percentage points mean? It translates to about 3 inches off your belly and hips! Plus, strength training exercises boost your metabolism. Replace 10 pounds of fat with 10 pounds of lean muscle and you’ll burn an additional 25 to 50 calories a day without even trying.

Read more about weight training benefits here.

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