Metabolism is not your enemy!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Its late and it's been a busy day but i thought i would put a few tips on how to raise your metabolism while I was thinking about it.
If you want to raise metabolism you have to eat more and move more. It may seem hard at first but there are actually some small things you can do to get into the habit of making it a lifestyle change.
On the eat more part...
1. eat within 30 minutes of rising. This goes along with the whole wood burning stove thing I blogged on earlier. Even if you don't like breakfast foods figure out something you can tolerate in the morning. Try to make it healthy but ANYTHING you can choke down is better than nothing. When I first started doing this I would make chicken and cut it up into 2 oz. portions and have that in the morning with a slice of whole grain bread and a banana.
2. Eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. SET A TIMER ON YOUR PHONE, YOUR COMPUTER, YOUR ALARM CLOCK IF YOU HAVE TO. Keep that fire stoked. Even if you are not hungry... throw SOMETHING DOWN YOUR FACE. If i wasn't hungry I would eat a small handful of pistachios or almonds, or a piece of beef jerky.
Just getting your body into the habit of expecting something to eat every few hours will start to raise your metabolism. Your body will begin to understand you aren't starving it and use the stored glucose (fat) to burn energy instead of what you are feeding it directly. Does that make sense? When your body things it isn't going to eat again soon it holds onto EVERYTHING preparing for starvation. If it knows you aren't going to starve it... its easier for it to let go of those reserves.
Ok... on to the move more... It's really that simple. MOVE MORE. Any little thing you can do on a regular basis to move more will help. Park your car further away from the entrance. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Carry a hand basket instead of a shopping cart for small trips to the store.
The other thing I liked to do to really ramp this up is change up my work out routine. Your body gets used to the same old thing and then loses the efficiency it had burning calories. For instance, if you do the elip like I do... try doing some of it backwards, try doing HIIT once in a while, try not using y our hands, etc. You will be surprised what just those little things will do...
If you hit a plateau try adding some short sprints into your routine. 2 or 3 times a day or if you are at work... do the stairs for 2-3 minutes as fast as you safely can 2 0r 3 times a day.
All of this will help raise your metabolism... warning though... don't be surprised if you find your self starving all day... or being able to tell time by your stomach... THIS IS NORMAL!!!! It means what you are doing is working.
Feel free to message me, text me, etc. if you need anything or have any questions!