Reprinted from SkinnyMom.com
You've cut back on calories, are eating all the right things and have been putting your gym membership to good use (3+ visits per week!), but nothing seems to change. What's the deal? It could be that your metabolism needs some serious rehab.
Most people I’ve encountered have dealt with this at one time or another. They’re stuck in the notorious rut; they were seeing great results until suddenly what they’ve been doing isn’t working anymore.
I’ve been there, and it is beyond frustrating. If this is you, here are some great tips to give your metabolism a much needed makeover!
Things like crash diets and diet pills might give you fast results, but all they’re really doing is turning your metabolism into a yo-yo. Fad diets are way more detrimental than beneficial to your body.
Stress can really do a number on your metabolism. It’s a hormonal and chemical reaction involving cortisol and glucose. Simply finding ways to relax and prevent chronic anxiety and stress can help your metabolism get back on track.
Having a lot of sugar in your bloodstream creates a chain reaction in your body that leads to decreased digestive function. You want your body to be running as efficiently as possible – so fix the super sweet tooth!
If you’ve been doing the same workout routine for months, it’s time to switch it up. Try these 20-minute calorie torchers!
Unlike the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner routine, eating several small meals can prevent your metabolism from slowing down throughout the day.
Try to eat as close to the source as possible. Additives and processed foods can really slow you down because your body doesn’t know how to process them.
When you are dehydrated, your whole body functions less efficiently. Some research even suggests that increasing your water intake can boost your metabolism even if you were already drinking a sufficient amount. Take it a step further and make sure the water is nice and cold. Theoretically, your body works harder to bring cold water to your body temperature, which is an extra boost for your metabolism.
That “running-on-empty” feeling you have when you haven’t had enough rest is exactly how your metabolism is functioning. Catching some more Zs could help you “reboot” your metabolism.
Coffee and tea are naturally caffeinated, and caffeine is a stimulant. So, your morning cup of joe can really rev up your metabolism. This is probably my favorite suggestion… Someone pass me a latte!
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