We all have that friend. She eats whatever she wants, often not very healthy fare either, and yet she never gains a pound. Why is that? What does she know, that the rest of us don’t?
More than likely, she’s not doing anything on purpose. She is simply blessed with a faster metabolism, or perhaps she really does do something to boost it… But either way, metabolism is the answer to this puzzle.
No one is saying that you can boost your metabolism enough that you could eat “anything you want” and never gain an ounce. That would be unrealistic for most people. But you can speed up the rate at which you burn calories, enough to help you drop pounds on a weight loss plan.
Eat every three hours. This tip seems counter-intuitive for someone trying to lose or maintain their weight, but we’re not talking about full meals here. Small snacks of about 200 to 250 calories will help keep your metabolism burning, and prevent hunger from becoming so overwhelming that you eat too much at the next meal. If you choose fruits and vegetables for your snacks, this will also serve as an easy way to fit more nutrients into your eating plan.
Eat protein. Speaking of nutrients, you might not be eating enough protein. Protein keeps your metabolism more even, so that you avoid the quick spikes and crashes of blood sugar (which tend to make us feel cranky and trigger cravings for unhealthy fare). So, pairing protein with fiber-rich fruits or veggies is a good idea for snacks.
Lift weights. A pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat, in order to sustain itself. So as you follow your weight loss plan, add lean muscle tissue to your frame and you will increase your metabolism. And no, adding muscle will not add bulk! A pound of muscle is smaller than a pound of fat, so you will still appear trimmer while dropping pounds.
Of course, sometimes professional guidance is necessary in order to deal with complex metabolism and weight issues. Schedule a consultation with us and we’ll discuss a medical weight loss plan that works for your level of health, body type, and metabolism.