Your metabolism is a complex thing to an extent. The food we eat, our activity level and even our genetics plays a role in our metabolisms. As we age, our metabolism can also slow down. There are a few things that you can do to help your metabolism get faster and also help you decrease your waistline.
I speak about this with clients every time we talk about nutrition and that is increasing protein level. I am not sure why people think that protein will make you "manly" or get huge muscles. Protein is the building blocks for your lean muscle mass. You need to increase your protein to combat the weight gain and cravings and start revving your metabolism to change your body composition. A good rule of thumb is at least .75 grams of protein for every pound of body weight you are.
Eat a nice big balanced breakfast. Make sure that your breakfast is filled with protein, carbs and fats to keep your blood sugar low and your belly full. One of my favorite breakfast meals is gluten free oatmeal, with egg whites and peanut butter. Keeps me full and it is full of healthy carbs that digest slow, protein to keep my muscles working and fats for proper hormone function.
Detox your liver and not with a fancy tea.I do a daily detox with apple cider vinegar and lemon. It helps clear out toxins and flush your body with healthy immune fighters. You can also detox your diet by eating foods that are from nature. Here are some other foods to add in your diet: Brussels sprouts, garlic, carrots, raw tomatoes, grapefruit, spinach, walnuts, avocado and asparagus.
Did you know your body is make up of 80% water? Yes you need to stay hydrated in order to keep your body happy. A clear cut sign of dehydration is the color of your urine. If it is close to apple juice color you are way dehydrated. Clear urine is hydrated urine ! I recommend waking up and drinking 32 oz. If you do this each morning you already have a quarter of your water in upon rising! Your body, skin and waistline will thank you!
Workout with intensity and weights.Putting on some muscle will increase your metabolism and change your body composition. So many women are afraid that lifting weights will make them bulky and masculine looking but I can guarantee that is the furthest from the truth. Muscle is made up of metabolically active tissue which requires energy to be built, used and maintained. Fat tissue just sits there like a blob not burning, using or requiring energy.
Follow this advice and you will be burning calories and getting healthy in no time ! Questions? Message me or leave a comment!