If you are looking to lose weight or just get lean boosting your metabolism is the means to the end you are looking for. Below are 5 easy steps to keep your metabolism at optimum levels.
1 Eat Breakfast
Are you one of those people who skips breakfast and then is practically starving by lunch time? The old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day still rings true. Whatever you choose to eat for breakfast, it must be substantial, not just a cup of coffee and a piece of toast. Eating breakfast gets the metabolism going, which is very important for weight loss. Think of your metabolic rate like it is your body’s engine and keep it fine tuned. That means eating something like cereal or any combination of protein and carbohydrates.
2 Eat more times a day
Plan you meals and healthy snacks and shoot for four in total when combining meals and snacks. The more often you eat the less chance you have for cravings to gorge yourself when the opportunity arises. Those cravings are caused by a drop in blood sugar. It is also worth mentioning that if your blood sugar level has peaks and valleys throughout the day your metabolic rate will slow down. That scenario is detrimental to weight loss.
3 Protein, protein, protein
Did you know that studies have proven that protein is actually effective for weight loss? Foods containing high amounts of food ward off hunger. Dairy products are another good choice because they have been proven to boost metabolic rates. That is why in tip #1 cereal and milk is such a great option for breakfast. Boneless, skinless chicken breast, low fat steak or even ground beef is ok. Ground turkey is another option. When dieting or attempting to lose weight do not be afraid to consume protein rich foods. A whey protein supplement is a good idea to ensure that your protein intake is high enough. It is also an inexpensive option.
4 Snack smart
For so long snacking has been scoffed at by the diet and fitness community but the reality is it should be encouraged. It fits perfectly into the idea of eating more times per day. The problem truly lies in what you choose for your snack(s). Become familiar with the glycemic index and choose a couple low glycemic foods that you enjoy and rotate them into your meal plan. Staying away from processed foods is a must for smart, effective snacking. Peanut butter is an acceptable processed food snack that can add flavor to otherwise plain foods like celery or crackers.
5 Do not crash diet
A reduction in calories will help you to lose weight but you have to do it the right way. Crash dieting or starving yourself is not the answer. In fact the body naturally begins to reserve energy when the baseline calorie amount for your system is not reached. You know what that means, slower metabolic rate and we want to avoid that. We our metabolism to be steady and productive, no lulls or dips so cut some of the extras like soda and high fat processed snacks but please do not do anything to drastic. Ease your way into it. This is a lifestyle change not an overnight change.
So there you have it 5 simple steps to keep your metabolism at an advantageous level all the time. Using these methods will allow you to lose weight and even achieve things like a bigger butt by changing the proportioning of your body. Attaining a curvy body through weight loss is a reality and an outcome that many women would welcome.
Author: Sam Payne