I hear a lot of excuses from people as to why they can’t lose weight. One of the excuses is “I have a slow metabolism”. You can control your metabolism by how much muscle you have on your body, what you eat, and how often you eat.
- The more muscle you have on your body the higher your metabolism.
- If weight loss is your goal, start lifting weights.
- By adding more muscle to your body, you are burning more calories while you’re at rest.
- Don’t worry about bulking up, you don’t need to build that much muscle to get the effect on your metabolism.
- The foods that you eat can determine how many calories your body burns.
- When you eat certain foods together like a lean protein, a starchy carb, and a fibrous carb it is a highly thermic meal.
- Thermic meaning that your body will burn a lot of calories digesting that meal.
- You want to make most of your meals highly thermic to burn off as many calories as possible digesting the meal.
- Your metabolism revs up when it has fuel to burn.
- When you eat breakfast your metabolism kicks in. If you skip breakfast and wait until lunch to eat, your metabolism doesn’t rev up until lunch.
- You need to eat every 3-3 ½ hours to keep your metabolism constantly revved up.
- Keep the meals smaller, but eat every 3-3 ½ hours.
Holly Kouvo is a certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Specialist, speaker and writer who specializes in helping people lose hundreds of pounds. Learn more at www.FittingFitnessIn.com.