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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!
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    Exactly!!! That's right. That's about what I've been doing. It does NOT GIVE US PERMISSION TO OVEREAT!
    2011 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I think eating every three hours is a good way to stoke your metabolic furnace but it's no license to overeat or go over the calorie range that is necessary for weight loss. I like 400- 500 calorie meals but snacks have to stay to about 100 calories...so far so good. emoticon
    2011 days ago
    hmm it seems counter intuitive to "throw something down your throat" every couple of hours when you aren't even hungry. I think training your body to eat on a regular schedule is a good idea but eating more often than 3 hours is how a lot of ppl got overweight to start with. Adding more activity sounds like a good idea though. Did you already try this, and has it worked for you, and is this how you lost the weight you have lost(eating every couple of hours, I mean)?
    2012 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Interesting points. I have realized that I need more carbs before doing my aerobic exercise to not fatigue so easily. Tracking and paying attention to what is going on as far as energy will help me refine my eating schedule which is not a schedule.
    2012 days ago
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