“I think I have a slow metabolism.”
At least, that’s what we’re hoping when our weight is not budging. There is actually a whole lot more to it than exercising like crazy. There are other things we can do to put our bodies back in balance and help them start working more efficiently.
Some of the lifestyle choices we can make to help boost our metabolism are:
Eat small frequent meals
This means eating every 3-4 hours to keep our metabolism going and to avoid hunger and blood sugar spikes.
Water is our best friend. Everyone’s needs are different. To calculate how much water YOU need, divide your body weight in half. That is the number of ounces you need to drink per day.
Include some protein, some carbohydrates, and some fat with each meal
Including a little of each of the above macronutrients helps increase satiety and reduce cravings. It also ensures that we are creating a balanced diet for ourselves. This also varies depending on your weight and what you are trying to achieve whether it is to lose, gain, or maintain your current weight.
Exercise: both cardio and weights
To get maximum results and maintain a healthy lifestyle, include both cardio and weight-bearing exercise in your routine. Cardio helps burn calories, and weight-bearing exercise builds lean muscle mass. Both are important.
Refuel after exercise
It is very important to refuel after a workout. Fluids are important to replenish any electrolyte losses. Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel for your muscles. Protein helps repair and grow your muscles. If you skip a post-workout snack, you may feel muscle fatigue or get light-headed from low blood sugar.
Choose nutrient-dense foods
Choose foods that give you the most bang for your buck. A good example is whole wheat bread compared to white bread. White bread is stripped of its nutrients and fiber. Whole wheat bread has nutrients and fiber, which help your body work more efficiently.
Get regular sleep
No one is at their best if they’re burning the candle at both ends. Be sure to turn off those electronics 30 minutes before bed. Create a quiet space to relax, and get a good night’s sleep.
Many of us have stressors in our life. Find techniques that help you keep the stress in check. Take a walk, read a book, or have a good laugh with friends. Our mental state is just as important as our physical state.
Want to know more?
If you are interested in learning more about your metabolism, we offer Metabolic Tests at Total Nutrition Technology. We’d love to help you meet your goals.
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Cindy Custer earned her Bachelors of Science degree from California State University Long Beach and Masters of Science from University of New Haven. She currently works as a dietitian at Total Nutrition Technology. She believes food can make a huge difference, but a well-rounded healthy lifestyle is what makes it all come together. Reach out to her at email@example.com.
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