The secret metabolism-boosting weapon
Do you often blame your ‘slow’ metabolism for your weight gain or inability to shift weight?
Metabolism, or how quickly you burn calories, is all about survival. Your body always does everything in its power and with what you feed it (physically, mentally, spiritually) to help you survive. So before you blame your slow metabolism for yet a few more pounds accumulated last summer/Christmas/lockdown etc, understand the most common reason why yours may be on a go-slow.
Are you eating enough?
This is by far the most common reason many of my clients cannot lose weight. They’re stuck in the diet mentality of starving their bodies and often become malnourished and deficient in many crucial nutrients.
When your body registers a decrease in calories and nutrients, it assumes there is an emergency or famine and will slow down your metabolism. Just like you might want to save energy at home by turning down the heat, your body temperature drops to conserve nutrients and energy. This will also slow your pulse and your thyroid and digestive functions will decrease, causing more fatigue, slow digestion and general un-wellness.
So before you blame your genes, or your metabolism as if you could not do anything about this situation, check if you tick some or many of the following signs that you’re not eating enough:
1) You can’t cope with stress
2) low energy
3) Can’t fall or stay asleep
4) Food cravings
5) Cold extremities
6) Low appetite
7) You eat little and put on weight
8) You’re counting calories, dieting or cutting out fats, carbs etc.
How can you reverse this?
*Eat balanced meals that include good fats (focus especially on plenty of omega 3 fats), complex carbohydrates and a variety of proteins.
*Eat little and often if not hungry – with good snacks through the day.
*Don’t diet. (most likely cause of your slow metabolism)
*Eat carbohydrates as these fuel your metabolism, like coal in a furnace. Low fuel means a cold furnace = slow metabolism.
*Reduce stress! Anxiety, worry, stress also triggers a metabolic reduction as your body believes you need to utilise your energy to fight or fly. It will therefore focus your nutrients, blood flow and energy to your arms, legs and brain to help you survive, rather than continue to burn calories. The stress hormone cortisol that your body produces in fight-or-flight mode will also block thyroid function, which will protectively slow metabolism over time.
As you can see, there are many ways you can actively support your metabolism to stay at a healthy rate, helping you to maintain or reach an ideal weight for you.
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