How to Boost Your Metabolism
As you get older, your metabolism starts to slow down. You don’t lose weight as easily or as quickly. And more of what you do eat stays with you longer. It just seems a lot harder lot get rid of the fatty tissue that is holding you back from achieving your goals.
So how do you boost your metabolism again? There are a few ways you can increase your metabolism, but it is only going to work if you stick with them and dedicate yourself to these changes.
Never Starve Yourself
A lot of people think that if they skip a meal or eat less then they will lose more weight. As far as they are concerned, the less you eat the less weight you have.
What they may not realize is that your body is used to a certain amount of food and used to eating at certain times. If you miss those meals or eat a lot less than usual, your body will go into starvation or survival mode. What this means is that your body will think there is a lack of food and it will react accordingly. Your body will conserve fat and slow down your metabolism.
So that meal you missed will affect your weight gain for the entire week. Your body will cling to fat more strongly and make sure that you don’t lose any weight. If you want to lose weight and boost your metabolism, you are going to have to do it the hard way – by exercising regularly and eating right.
Change up Your Portions
Now we just talked about keeping your mealtimes and portions the same. Changing those up changes how your body reacts. But you can change what your body expects. Just because you are changing these important aspects of your diet that does not mean that your metabolism will slow down.
What you need to do is eat more meals. That sounds great, right? But here is the catch – these meals need to be smaller. So smaller portion sizes more often is the key to boost your metabolism. You can still eat the same amount of food or perhaps a little less or more. It’s up to you and what you want to accomplish. But if you don’t give your body much of a chance to be hungry, then it never needs to enter starvation mode.
Eating more often gives your body some more work to do. Every time you eat, the body breaks down your food and allocates it to specific uses. Some of that is to be burned off as energy. So when you eat more often, you are forcing your metabolism to kick-start and give you more energy. Not only will you lose weight faster, but you will have more energy to exercise.
Now this will only work if you keep at it and watch your portion sizes carefully. Also, keep in mind that a small plate of cake isn’t the same as a small plate of carrots. That seems obvious, but a lot of dieters who switch to small portion sizes make the mistake of filling up a lot of their extra meals with junk food. Remember that eating more meals means finding more healthy foods to eat.
Anytime you put your body through some sort of danger or trouble it goes into starvation mode. We covered what this means but not what triggers it. One of the big triggers of survival mode is stress. If you are stressed out, then your body is going to stifle your metabolism.
So if you want your diet to be a success, you need to keep stress down to a minimum. The best way to do that is to identify what triggers your stress and either avoid it or change your interaction with that trigger. If your boss stresses you out, then you may want to try to change your relationship and see if there is something you can do to alter that dynamic between you and your boss.
If going to the grocery stresses you out (perhaps because of your tendency to buy unhealthy foods) then try to do your grocery shopping for the month or two months all at once. Just look for ways to reduce the amount of stress that your body experiences and you can start burning more fat again!