It can be intimidating to start a new chapter in life, one that involves a healthy, fit you! It makes it a little easier to reach your weight loss goals when you have a metabolism that's working for you rather than against you. Here are 6 things you can do to really aid in helping you get to where you want to be. Number one is sticking to your goal! Make realistic goals so you don't get overwhelmed and give up. Just think baby steps:) Once you get a few baby steps down, move onto the next step and you'll be looking and feeling great in no time! Good luck! I know you can do it!
1 - Build More Muscle
The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn and you don't even have to do anything. Every pound of muscle burns between 5-7 calories in a day. That means that say 135 lb female will burn between 675 and 945 calories a day doing nothing.
2 - Eat, Eat, Eat
When people try to loose weight, they tend to think that drastically cutting back on calories will do the trick. While they might loose a bit, almost all of them will gain the amount they lost plus some over time. The reason for this is because when you limit your calories so much, your body automatically goes into starvation mode and begins to store everything and anything you put in your mouth, including healthy foods. The best way I've found, is to eat every 3-5 hours just a little something that has carbs, protein and maybe a little fat and around 200-500 calories. By eating this way you are constantly keeping your metabolism going, which makes your metabolism become faster. Just what we want! :)
3 - High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
This type of training boosts your metabolism the most due to the intensity. When you perform HIIT, your metabolism goes into overdrive for up to 3 days! Doing this type of training 4 times a week will really aid in your weigh loss goals. I have a few examples of this under my "Workout" section. You can also take any exercise and create your own HIIT mix, just make sure you have a mix of strength and cardio when creating your own!:)
4 - Water
Make sure you're drinking plenty of water. You don't have to necessarily over-do the whole water thing. Just make sure you're getting between 6-8 glasses a day. Staying hydrated will help keep your metabolism going and your body running smoothly, so drink up.
5 - Spice It Up
Adding spice to your meal will help increase your metabolism. One of my favorite snacks as of late is putting humus on a corn tortilla and drizzling cholula or smoked tobacco sauce on it, so good! If you're not a into spicy foods, ginger and mustard will also help raise your metabolism.
6 - Protein, Protein, Protein
Make sure you're eating enough protein! This one is so important for so many reasons. For one, protein builds muscle and muscle burns fat. Two, Protein helps regulate your blood sugar which stabilizes your insulin, which helps regulate your metabolism. And three, protein supports your immune system, which keeps you healthy and vibrant. Some of my favorite sources of good protein are fresh alaskan salmon, garbonzo beans, black beans, chicken, greek yogurt, nuts, seeds and eggs. Hemp seeds are an exceptionally great source of protein and can be easily thrown into almost any dish you're making!