Losing weight is hard enough, and when you add in a slow metabolism, it can seem downright impossible to shed those extra pounds you're carrying around. I've been there, and I know the struggle all too well.
I used to think there was nothing I could do about my slow metabolism. I thought I was doomed to a life of eating healthy and exercising but never changing my weight. It was beyond frustrating. But then I found that with a few small changes, it actually is possible to speed up your metabolism.
Even if you think you're eating super healthy, there are a few tricks you should add into your daily routine. Here are 10 effective ways to boost your metabolism and shed your extra weight:
You might want to think twice before you cut your calories too much as a way to lose weight. When you don't eat enough, your body goes into starvation mode and holds onto every bit of food you eat, and turns it into fat. If you want to boost your metabolism, make sure you're eating the right amount of calories for your weight and height.
Make sure your diet is full of protein. Chicken, fish and other meats are all high in protein, but there are also non-meat options like beans, eggs, yogurt and other dairy products. Adding whey protein powder to your morning smoothie will also do the trick (and add tons of yummy flavor).
Think of eating breakfast as giving your metabolism a wake up call. Breakfast really is the most important meal, and it'll kickstart your metabolism so it's working throughout your entire day. Just make sure to ditch the PopTarts and eat whole grains, protein, fruit and other healthy foods.
Drinking cold water throughout the day boosts metabolism and weight loss, and it's so important to stay hydrated. If you're like me and MUST have your daily soda, make sure you're drinking way more water than soda.
High intensity interval training is the best way to get your metabolism running. Exercise at your normal pace for one minute, then go as fast as you can for 30 seconds, go back to your normal pace and repeat the process over and over for about 30 minutes. It's a short workout, but you'll get so much out of it.
Weight training is awesome for boosting your metabolism. If you don't feel comfortable using the weight sets at the gym, grab a friend and do it together or do weight training from home. It'll keep those calories burning long after your workout is over.
Instead of eating three big meals every day, eat six small ones. Eating small, healthy meals throughout the day will keep your metabolism working all day long.
It's not super healthy to sit all day long, so if you can, spend some time on your feet. If you work, try to get a standing desk. If you stay home with your kids, you probably already spend a lot of time running around, but try taking more walks. Even being a little more active than usual can make a huge impact on your weight and metabolism.
It's so hard for your metabolism to keep up if you don't get enough sleep. You should get at least eight hours every night, so snuggle up and get to sleep a little earlier tonight. Your body will thank you.
Omega-3 fatty acids really boost your metabolism, so add some fish like salmon into your diet. Fish oil supplements are also an awesome way to get these essential fatty acids into your body.
When you make these small changes to your lifestyle, you'll start to see a big difference. Now is the time to start working toward a happy, healthy life.