When you’re following a weight loss plan, you will hear a lot about your metabolism. A slower metabolism can result in weight gain, whereas some lucky people with faster metabolisms don’t struggle with their weight so much. If you want to boost your own, and burn as many calories as possible throughout the day, review your routine to make sure you’re not making these mistakes.
Neglecting your muscles. There’s no need to become He-Man, but strength training will indeed boost your metabolism and make your weight loss plan more effective. Add some simple toning exercises into your regimen to achieve a faster metabolism overall.
Poor sleep habits. Irregular or inadequate sleep disrupts the hormones in your body that are responsible for fat storage and appetite. When you don’t sleep well, the result can be a slower metabolism plus cravings for sugary or fatty “comfort foods”. Obviously, that’s a recipe for weight gain!
A sedentary lifestyle. The longer we sit, the slower our metabolism. Set an alarm to remind yourself to get up and walk around during the work day, and avoid overly long Netflix sessions.
Dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your body will slow metabolism a bit to conserve resources. Make sure to sip water regularly throughout the day, and drink at least one full glass of water with each meal.
Stress. Granted, stress isn’t exactly a “mistake” that we make. Sometimes we can’t help it. But if stress is impacting your life on a regular basis, take the appropriate steps to address it. Over time it can disrupt hormones and lead to a slower metabolism.
Carbs, first thing in the morning. Bagels, donuts, and danishes are common breakfast fare. But if you fill up on simple carbohydrates first thing in the morning, you can expect an energy crash before lunchtime. Aim for a mix of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs instead.
Failing to eat enough protein. Meals high in protein will keep your blood sugar levels more even, preventing “highs” and “lows” that can happen throughout the day. Make sure each meal and snack includes protein, to keep your metabolism burning.
On that note, give us a call to discuss your weight loss plan. We can help you determine the appropriate amounts of each major nutrient that you should include in your eating plan, and offer support as you pursue a healthier lifestyle.