Metabolism is the chemical process that occurs within a living organism in order to maintain life. Simply said organisms break down glucose, use it as energy, use it as intermediate compounds for other cycles, & synthesis of glucose from other sources. But sometimes a bad unhealthy diet, being overworked or just plain too busy causes ones metabolism to waiver and slow down. Henceforth are some common and fun techniques to get your “meta” back and on course.
What creates a strong and healthy metabolism? Start with the basics and recommend eating real foods, fresh. This means replacing the processed carbohydrates (granola bars, crackers, chips, cookies, etc.) with vegetables and fruits. The processed carbs and frozen T.V. dinners that lurk in the middle of the grocery store are quick and easy, but contain damaging trans-fats and refined sugars that can lead to weight gain and other health problems.
Start with eating a healthy breakfast; if you skip breakfast, you slow down your metabolism and your body begins to go into “hoard mode,” thinking that it’s starving because you’re going a long period of time frequently 8 to 10 hours or more, without food. And for those of you that think that skipping a meal or two in the hopes of dropping some pounds is smart be advised that by dropping your calorie intake you are also signaling your body to go into “hoard mode”. Thus, you burn less calories.
Try to eat 5-6 small meals a day. Think about mixing up your meal with fresh fruit, yogurt vegetable dips consisting of seasoned plain yogurt feel like a kids all over again and dip away.
It is also important to eat plenty of protein as it is critical because protein stimulates your metabolism by 60% for several hours. Now one might ask how much protein is ideal? A good amount to start is 3-4 ounces of protein per meal and 1-2 ounces with snacks. A great snack would be a piece of turkey with 1 tablespoon of cream cheese wrapped around a slice of zucchini or a pickle. Enjoy a variety of other proteins, such as chicken fish, lamb, turkey, grass-fed beef and pork. Another benefit to eating protein is that it makes you feel satisfied and helps prevent cravings!
By eating small meals throughout the day you are also helping to prevent cravings and binge eating. And as we well know that binge eating can include eating sugary foods that contain empty calories as well as fattening foods that ruin healthy eating routines, and also by eating every 2-3 hours you are telling your body that you are giving it energy and it does not need to store calories as fat. Skipping meals, however, will not result in weight loss because your body will store the fat.
Be mindful to always get plenty of light exercise and rest as this is ever more important in getting your body back on track. So if you’ve had a rough month or two and need to feel more alive and awake and have your metabolism on course give this advice a try. You won’t be sorry and you will feel a lot better. Remember that the nutritional secret to having a good and healthy metabolism lies in eating real food. So plate up a good serving of lean protein, lots of vegetables and healthy fats and your good to go in your quest to rebot your metabolism!