Natural Ways to Speed up Your Metabolism

 In Fitness, Mind-body connection, Nutrition

Okay, we’ve all heard about the fads diets, pills, cleanses and daily mantras we can say to lose weight, right? Yeah, it ain’t happening folks. (Although I do enjoy a good daily mantra, and believe positivity is a very important part of your health and wellness journey, but I digress). Most of these things may work in the short term, but aren’t sustainable and will actually cause you to regain the weight you lossed and then some. Taking weight off and keeping it off is about a lifestyle change, not a diet or fad. It’s not about deprivation, but feeding your body with what it needs to work FOR you and give you everything you need from it to perform your daily activities with energy and comfort. Here are some tips to make your journey easier:

Lifting weights
Yes ladies, even you. It always amazes me how many women don’t lift weights because they don’t want to “bulk up.” Little fun fact for ya; cookies will make you bulk up, not weights. Strength training will actually help you lean out and look sculpted as opposed to just looking “skinny” from only doing cardio, which, in excess, can burn your existing muscle and be counter-productive. The reason is this; the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even at a resting state. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily. This is why men, who genetically have more muscle, can eat more without gaining weight and drop unwanted pounds quicker (so unfair!). Of course, you want to make sure your strength training is effective and appropriate for you, so contacting a qualified fitness professional is always recommended.

Reducing candida symptoms and/or fatty liver
Many Americans have Candida Overgrowth Syndrome, or COS, yet have no idea what it is or that they even suffer from it. Candida is a yeast buildup in your intestinal tract that affects your body’s natural PH balance and basically slows your nutrient absorption and metabolism. While the two don’t have to be correlated, excess fat around your liver will also inhibit it from doing its job to process waste, thereby slowing your metabolism. If you suffer from exhaustion, digestive issues and bloating, reduced sex drive and intense sugar cravings, you probably have at least a mild form of candida and/or fatty liver. Both can generally be effectively treated through proper diet; eliminating processed sugars, starches and alcohol, while increasing whole food and greens consumption. Adding fermented foods such as apple cider vinegar to your diet also helps gut and digestive health. For more info, please read here. Seeing a licensed herbalist and/or acupuncturist is another great way to assist in reducing these symptoms.

While there is actually scientific reasoning to this based on hormone production, I will spare you the technical mumbo-jumbo. Basically, if you’re tired first thing in the morning you’re likely to reach for something that will provide an energy boost; caffeine, energy drinks, sugary treats like doughnuts or muffins. While this will cause a temporary spike in your energy levels, you will crash soon thereafter, causing this cycle to continue, adding unwanted pounds, and further causing disruptive sleep patterns. Inability to sleep may be caused by lack of exercise, candida or both, so please refer to the points above. If you’d like the aforementioned mumbo-jumbo, please read here.

Increase water intake
Dehydration is a major cause of a decreased metabolism. In addition, we often think we’re hungry when we are actually just thirsty. If you feel thirsty, this means you’re already dehydrated. Keep a bottle of water on you at all times. A good rule of thumb is to shoot for a minimum of half of your body weight in ounces per day (150 lb person should get at least 75 oz). This doesn’t factor in activity level or if you live in altitude, in which case your body requires more.

Eat real food
Sounds simple, but you’d be shocked at how much “fake” food you consume. If it has a label, it’s processed. Notice how fruits and veggies don’t have labels?? (Wink, wink!) Yep, real foods, help your body function properly. Don’t be concerned with fat content of real food (avocado, nuts, nut butters, seeds, etc) because it should have fat. If you see “reduced fat” on peanut butter labels, you’re eating chemicals because they changed the makeup of that food. Nuts have naturally occurring fat. Otherwise, they’ve added a bunch of sugar which is going to turn to fat anyway. Genius marketing scam, right?? Fake foods will slow your metabolism by causing a fatty liver and yep, you guessed it, candida! Eat real food every few hours to keep that metabolism fired up!

Eating smart can be extremely overwhelming these days with all the marketing ploys and nutritional scams. Unless you’ve been formally educated or have done a ton of valid research, you probably hear a different theory every week. As a fitness and nutrition expert, I sometimes want to pound my head into a wall with all the new diet fads my clients want me to look into. My best advice; eat real food, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and get some sleep. When you take care of your body, it will take care of you and results will follow. ✌

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