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Speed Up Your Metabolism

December 15th, 2014 | by Events Staff
Speed Up Your Metabolism

How many of you starve yourself all day, then have a huge evening meal and crave sugar?

When I design my healthy eating plans for people they often blame their weight gain on a slow metabolism. Most of my clients cut down on calories and take regular exercise yet they’re still not losing weight.

So what is a slow metabolism? How does it affect your weight and can you do anything to speed it up? The answer is yes.


What is metabolism?
Metabolism describes all the chemical processes that go on continuously inside the body to keep you alive and your organs functioning normally, such as breathing, repairing cells and digesting food. When you eat food your metabolism is activated because your body needs to process and digest the calories and nutrients you have eaten. After about 3 hours of fasting your metabolism starts to slow down.

People think I’m mad eating all day! But by eating every few hours your metabolism constantly stays active and begins to increase. Exercise obviously helps too.


How can you speed up your metabolism?
What we know for sure is that skipping meals slows down your metabolism, as it triggers the body to go into starvation mode, causing it to store fat but burn muscle.

By eating the correct foods, little and often, around 6 small meals a day (every two to three hours, but small portions) you will lose weight. Trust me! Foods such as salmon, almonds, turkey, green tea, whey protein (in protein drinks) spinach, oats are just a few examples of foods that will helps you lose weight. But you must have a healthy carbohydrate and protein with every meal.

Also increasing muscle tone, through exercise such as weight training will dramatically increase your metabolism as well as low impact cardiovascular training such as brisk walking.


So my top tips for this week:

  • Eat little and often at least 5-6 small meals a day for women and up to 6-8 for men depending on your size.
  • Eat a complex carbohydrate (brown rice, sweet potatoes) and protein with every meal.
  • Don’t be scared of weight training, even women, what every age. It won’t bulk you up just tone up the soft bits!

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