In order to effectively lose weight, it is essential to boost your metabolism. This is why quick weight loss methods such as fasting or eating a very few calories do not work. When you fast or eat too few calories, your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows down in the process. Yes, the scale may tell you that you are quickly losing weight. What it doesn’t tell you is that most of the weight you are losing is water, and when you start eating normally again, the numbers on the scale will go right back up again, even faster than before.
The good news is that you do not have to starve yourself in order to lose weight. In order to lose weight, you must cut your caloric intake and raise your metabolism. In order to raise your metabolism, you must eat. It sounds a bit contradictory, doesn’t it?
The trick is eating healthy foods, with enough calories (not too many calories) at the right time. Here are some tried and true metabolism boosters:
Eat breakfast. This will give your metabolism a big boost early in the day. The good news is that it will stay with you. Therefore, any calories you eat during the day will burn off at a faster rate than if you had skipped breakfast. Numerous studies have shown that people who are obese rarely eat breakfast.
In a weight loss support group of 24 women, a poll was taken. Of the 24 obese women, 20 of them said they never ate breakfast, stating that they were never hungry in the mornings. Further questions revealed that they were hungry late at night and often found themselves eating a lot before bedtime. It was suggested to these women that they stop eating past 8 pm to see if this would affect their early morning hunger.
Of the women who decided to participate in the experiment, they all reported feeling hungry shortly upon waking. They began eating breakfast as a result. No longer did they feel ravenous at bedtime and the weight began to slowly come off.
Drink green tea. Studies have shown that green tea is a great metabolism booster. It is also rich in antioxidants. Sipping on green tea during the day is a great pick me up and will assist in burning calories.
Get plenty of exercise. Not enough can be said about the marvelous effects of exercise on your body. It is a crucial element in the weight loss process. There are 3 types of exercise you can do, either alone or in combination.
The first type is aerobic exercise. This is where you really get your heart pumping fast. Types of aerobic exercise include running, race-walking, bicycling as well as numerous others.
The second type of exercise is using weights. Studies have shown that lifting weights or using the weight equipment at a gym at least 3 times a week can have a positive effect in boosting your metabolism. These same studies have also shown that people who work out with weights lose more weight at a faster pace than those who only do aerobic exercise.
The third type of exercise is simply increasing movement in your everyday activities. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away than usual rather than looking for the nearest parking space. Take time to stretch out at your desk during the course of the day. Ride your bicycle rather than drive if the opportunity is right. These may seem to be minor adjustments in the amount of exercise you are getting, but in doing them you are replacing bad habits with good habits, and the effects on your health will be positive.
Drink water. By drinking at least 6 cups of water a day, your metabolism will be boosted. It really isn’t as much water as it sounds like. A cup is not the same as an iced tea glass. A cup is 8 ounces. Measure it out. You will be surprised at how little it really is. You can have a cup with each meal, a cup midmorning and mid afternoon and a cup before bed. Some people find it easier just to sip on a 48 ounce bottle of water throughout the course of the day. Whatever works best for you is fine.
Be sure and snack. Eating 3 small snacks during the day will keep your metabolism from taking a nosedive. Make sure each snack is 150 calories or less. Doing this will also keep you from experiencing that ravenous feeling that leads you to overeat or binge.
These five tips will get you on a faster track in reaching your weight loss goal. As you can see, starving yourself does not work. So eat! Just make sure you eat healthy.