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Fired Up Metabolism

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today, I believe my metabolism was on fire. Let me explain! Since getting back on track this year, I went back to the basics of what helped me lose weight before in times past. I ate 5 to 6 small meals throughout the day every 2 to 3 hours. Trust me this works. Today, I had breakfast at around 7:00 am, then around 9:00 am, I was hungry again. I drank some water and waited until 10:00 am to have my mid-morning snack. About an hour later my stomach was growling very loudly. So, again, I drank water and waited until 12:30 to eat lunch. Around 2:00 pm, my stomach was making it's crazy noises again. I waited until 5:00 pm to eat something, which is too long to wait to eat. Then, dinner was at 7:30 pm.

Now, I'm going to have to bring more healthy snacks with me to work, because once I get home I want to eat a pre-workout snack. Yesterday, I have some deli turkey meat and a banana for my pre-workout snack. After my workout, I ate dinner and was good for the remainder of the night. I want to start a more defined regime: Breakfast @ 7:00 am; Morning Snack @ 10:00 am; Lunch @ 12:30 pm; Afternoon Snack @ 3:30 pm; Pre-Workout Snack @ 5:00 pm; Dinner @ 7:30 pm. I'm going to start using the alarm on my phone to remind me to eat, unless my body continues to tell me it's time to eat something.

Now, that my Fitbit is synced into Sparkpeople, it is calculating my activity, which has increased my workout minutes. So, with the minutes from the Fitbit and my regular cardio/strength training minutes, I had to increase my calorie intake. My cardio ranges from 30 to 60 minutes six times a week. I just bought a new Strength Training DVD, where the lower body is about 45 minutes and the upper body is about 42 minutes. In March, I'm thinking of doing the lower body twice a week and the upper body twice a week on different days. With these changes, my range is now 1530 to 1880 calories. I love to workout, but I have to make sure I fuel my body in order to keep up with my workouts.

I hope you believe me when I say, you need to eat! I know people, especially us women, have a tendency to skip meals or eat just one meal and think we are going to lose weight that way. This is further from the truth. Your body is a machine and it needs to be fueled, just like your car. You need to eat good meals throughout your day! This works, trust me on this!!!!!! Eating 5-6 meals every 2-3 hours will fire up your metabolism. You can read this in fitness magazines, if you don't believe what I'm saying!

This is from Prevention Magazine: Break up your meals If you're losing weight (and therefore muscle) by cutting calories, eating five small meals instead of three large ones helps keep metabolism high. Spreading calories throughout the day "keeps blood sugar levels even and controls the release of insulin that can cause your body to store more calories as fat," says Leslie Bonci, RD, MPH, director of sports medicine nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "And every time you eat, your metabolism speeds up to digest the food."

Like I said in a blog last week: the definition of Insanity is always doing the same thing and expecting different results! The choice is yours!

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    I totally agree easting frequent small meals seems to do the body good. I have found i have more weight loss and stamina with these regime. HOPE YOUR JOURNEY BRINGS YOU TO A HAPPIER HEALTHIER YOU. emoticon
    1915 days ago
    Great post and thank you for the tips!
    1918 days ago
    You are doing such a great job....very inspirational blog! Thank you....
    1919 days ago
    Good blog! So many people have the notion that you'll be starving when you're on a diet. Not so! One rule I've always had = Eat when you are hungry! Listen to your body. Good job!
    1920 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Thanks for posting this. I eat 3 meals per day also, and maybe I need to re-think my strategy. But DH expects a good dinner. I'd be satisfied with a good snack. . . . emoticon
    1921 days ago
    I learned that lesson about eating more calories when working out more the hard way! I was exercising like crazy and eating healthy, but low end of my range and gaining weight! Once I increased my calories my weight dropped! Sounds like a great plan and I heard on Dr. Oz that your stomach growling is a sign that your metabolism is indeed fired up! Rock on!
    1921 days ago
    I hear you on this one. I need to set my phone to do the same. I'm really bad with this on the weekends. I've sort of fell off it but recently started back to the mini meals. It definitely works, although it may take a minute to kick in - it definitely will kick!!
    1921 days ago
    wow you have such a focus and well planned out journey. I love reading about others plans and what works for them ! Great job and hope your journey is great !!

    1921 days ago
    Glad you have found something that works for you!
    1921 days ago
    Great blog!
    I tend to eat similar to you, breakfast early, mid morning snack, lunch at 12:30- but I've been stretching it out until 5 or later before I eat again (sometimes even 8 or 9 pm) at which point I'm STARVING and pig out on junk before bed. I need to better plan and bring an afternoon snack to work and grab something quick around 5 if I'm eating a late dinner. I also need to add more cardio- I'm just doing Zumba once a week right now.

    Thanks for the push!! (And sorry for the long comment/ thinking through stuff here! LOL)
    1921 days ago
    Great blog! Good planning! emoticon
    1921 days ago

    Sounds like a great plan.
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  • KEELIE21
    Always good to hear what works for others, thanks!
    1922 days ago
  • DEE797
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I need to change the way I eat, cause 3 meals a day isn't working for me. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon
    1922 days ago
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