Make sure you eat breakfast.
If you don't
eat breakfast, you slow down
your metabolism and send the
body into "hoard mode," thinking
it's starving because you're
going a long period of time
frequently 8 to 10 hours or
more, without food. And will
make it more likely you will
snack later in the day. Try a
protein shake packed with
essential vitamins and minerals, hunger busting soy protein
and complex carbohydrates instead
of skipping breakfast.
BBC Programme about the
science of losing weight -
practical demonstrations on the
value of not skipping meals.
Dropping your calorie intake below 1,000 calories a day will signal to your body that you are in starvation mode, and will slow down your metabolism.
Eat smaller meals more frequently.
Smaller, more frequent meals keeps your blood sugar stable and provides a steady source of energy to fuel metabolism.
Get enough aerobic exercise.
As much as you can is really a help for your metabolism, and if you do it in the morning, you'll raise your metabolism all day.
Balance of carbohydrates and
protein in your diet
What is the balance of your diet between carbs and protein? Cereals and toast for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, carbohydrate snacks including chocolate bars,
rice cakes and fruit and then pasta for dinner? Excess carbohydrates are easily
stored as fat.
Feed the muscles with protein so
they act as fat furnaces. Are you getting the right protein intake?
Build muscle with weight training or resistance exercise.
At least two to three times a week, you should add weight training or progressive resistance exercise that builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat, and the more
muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest! Maintain a
healthy muscle mass.
Water, water, water!!
You've heard it before, but drink those 6-8 ,8-ounce glasses of water every day. The energy burning process of metabolism needs water to work effectively.
Avoid fizzy drinks
They interfere with the metabolism, that includes diet versions!
- - Feed the muscles with
protein so act as a fat
Herbal Vitality programmes address the four common obstacles dieters face when they try to lose weight:
- 1. Loss of good nutrition as a result of dieting.
eat less depriving the
body of essential
- 2. Loss of energy (e.g. sofa becomes the sanctuary, leading to snacking. No energy to exercise)
- 3. Low metabolism resulting in slower weight loss
- 4. Cravings for snacks (especially carbohydrate ones)
- 5. Sensitivity to carbs, where relevant.
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