Are you having a tough time losing weight? Have you tried a ton of diets without any success? Are you exercising regularly and still can’t budge the scale in the down direction? No worries because you’re not alone. There are thousands of people who have tried everything to manage their weight without any success. But there may be an answer to this madness!
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Have you ever thought it could be from a metabolic imbalance?
Your metabolism’s job is to break down the foods you eat into its simpler components which are fat, protein and carbohydrates. A metabolic imbalance is when there is a disruption in the normal process and too much food is taken in for too long a period of time. This causes the glucose and insulin to be elevated in the blood stream and very little is converted to energy. If very little is converted to energy, your body has only one other option which is to convert it to bad fat. Getting a better understanding about your metabolism is key and the first step of the process. First you’ll need to know how to determine your metabolic type. Once you get a better understanding of your type you can create a metabolic weight loss system that will make you feel better, look better and live a more active life.
There are two types of metabolic assessments that could give you amazing clues to how and what you should eat along with how much exercise is required to lose or maintain your weight. A resting metabolic rate testing also known as RMR will help to determine how many calories your body will burn when doing traditional daily activities such as eating, sitting at your desk, driving or walking. You can also take an active metabolic assessment to determine the calories you burn while running or working out. By understanding these numbers, you’ll be able to better control your calorie intake so that it’s less than your calories burned. At the end of the day it’s all about calories in versus calories out.
Things that increase metabolism
There’s more good news! In addition to understanding your metabolic type and the number of calories you burn for different types of activities, you can also help speed up your metabolism by the certain foods you eat and certain drinks. Below are a few example of foods and things that will increase your metabolism.
Salmon: Salmon is packed with OMEGA-3 fatty acids. MEGA-3 is also known for lowering elevated triglyceride levels and lowering levels of depression. In addition research shows that it helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario reports that eating salmon can burn about 400 calories a day.
Avocado: Avocados are a super food and also have OMEGA-3. They contain all 9 essential amino acids. It contains L-carnitine which is an amino acid that is known for boosting your fat burning metabolism. They are also known to lower bad cholesterol and increase good ones.
Coffee: Who doesn’t like a cup or two of coffee a day? Yes, drinking two cups of coffee can actually speed up your metabolism by up to 15%. Try drinking a cup forty five minutes before a workout as that should also help with your energy.
Drinking Water: Your body needs water to stay hydrated, but studies show that an adult who drink eight bottles of water per day versus someone who drinks four bottles will burn more calories. On average a 16oz bottle of water can burn around 17 calories. It’s not a lot, but again every calorie burned counts. It’s recommended that a person drinks eight glass of water per day.
Foods With High Calcium
Calcium is known to speed up your metabolism. Foods such as dark leafy greens, broccoli, oranges, green snap beans and almonds are all known to have high calcium.
Hot Chili Peppers: Spice up your meals with fresh hot chili peppers or flakes. Hot chili peppers are known to give a quick bust to your metabolism. Try to add it to all your meals as the boost is temporary for each meal.
Build Up Your Muscles: You don’t need to become a body builder and start lifting huge weights, simply use light weights with high repetitions to burn fat and tone your muscles. It’s known that one pound of fat burns about 5 to 10 calories, while one pound of muscle burns 35 to 50.
High-Intensity Exercise: Performing high-intensity works out such as running quick sprints during your walks, taking a more intense classes at the gym will speed up your metabolism for hours after.
Every person’s metabolism is different. It’s crucial to the success of your weight loss that you understand how to determine your metabolic type, the number of calories you burn for different activities and most importantly the foods that work for and against you.