30 June 2011

Metabolism Booster

If you’re over 40 and struggling with your weight, I don’t have to tell you that your metabolism is slowing down. Our metabolism is at its highest until we reach 20, and then gradually slows as we age.

The main reason for the slowdown is simpler than you think. We lose muscle and we decrease our level of physical activity. I don’t know about you, but I crave carbs and sugar when I am tired. Too many carbs and less activity turn into a slow metabolism and excess body fat.

Gaining weight as you age is completely avoidable! There are lots of things you can do to turn your sleeping metabolism . Here are a few to get you started.

  1. Protein: Drink a whey protein shake everyday for breakfast and boost your metabolism by 25%. This is one of the best things anyone can do to give their metabolism a boost. It not only nourishes the body, but it also allows you to begin losing weight .
  2. Exercise: Walk and aim for 10,000 steps per day, every day. Lift weights 2-3 times a week, training your whole body each workout in a circuit style. Our bodies are losing muscle every day, so we need to counterbalance this by trying to build muscle. Ladies, don’t be afraid. You won’t end up looking like a bodybuilder; it’s almost impossible at this stage for you to become bulky. If you feel like you’re gaining weight, take a hard look at what you’re eating. That’s where the problem lies.
  3. Muscles: Muscle burns calories all day long and that is exactly what we need! Lifting weights will tighten and tone your body better than any exercise out there and keep your bones strong. These metabolic boosting workouts can be done at home and should only take you 30 minutes.
  4. Greens: Eat your greens!. Digesting green vegetables makes your body work harder and causes your metabolism to speed up. Not eating enough vegetables every day is one of biggest mistakes people make, causing us to crave the wrong foods and overeat.
  5. Lean Protein: Eat “lean” protein . The best sources of lean proteins for women are protein shakes, egg whites, all fish and seafood, turkey breast, nonfat cottage cheese, and high quality protein bars that have at least 15 grams of protein. These are among the very best sources to nourish our bodies, replace lost nutrients, and help us lean out. High-fat proteins will have the opposite effect and will cause our bodies to store fat. Your body will not burn stored fat if you continue to give it high-fat foods no matter how much you exercise!
  6. Supplement: Taking the right supplements along with a lean diet and regular daily exercise is what brings about the best results. For example a multivitamin tablet a day on the advise of your physician will help you.
  7. Fiber: You should be eating 25-30 grams of fiber every day. This is the key to staying full . Fiber will also keep your blood sugar in check. Always aim for veggies whenever you can.
  8. Water: Last but not the least do not forget to drink enough water it also helps to burn your fat by 3%. Drink at least 10 -12 glasses of water to keep you fresh and boost your metabolism.

So, start following these tips and start losing weight!

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