Lately have you been struggling with feeling like:
-𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘬𝘴
-𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦
-𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴
If you’re feeling this, chances are you’re feeling the effects of a slowed metabolism.
Metabolism is probably something you’ve heard of before, but more or less it’s a summary of all the ways the body uses energy to stay alive on a daily basis.
Now, I specifically say “stay alive” because your body doesn’t know that when you feel stressed, it likely isn’t caused by a constant life or death situation (of course there are some professions where this can be likely).
Your body also doesn’t know that when you go on a restrictive diet, you’re still surrounded by an abundance of food that you’re choosing to abstain from.
This is important because your hormones are what influence your metabolism. And you can think of hormones as the messengers.
If stress and extreme food restriction are being perceived by the brain, your hormones are sending the message “we’re in danger and need to hold onto what we have so we can survive this danger!”
This makes it really difficult for your body to lose fat.
Fortunately, there are things you CAN do to improve your metabolism so you can naturally burn more without having to cut all of your calories.
𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭 #𝟏: 𝐄𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐯𝐞𝐠𝐠𝐢𝐞𝐬 (𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲)
If you “hate” veggies, this is the time to put on your adult pants and get over it.
Veggies provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients to the body that allows it to run optimally. These micronutrients make sure hormones in the body are functioning properly and at normal levels.
𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭 #𝟐: 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧
Strength training tells your body to build muscle because it needs to be better at overcoming that stress. More muscle means more energy being burned.
Having more muscle on your frame is like starting a bonfire with bundles of your own firewood (as opposed to having to chop down a tree to keep the fire going).
*𝘐𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵: 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘴𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴. 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘵.
𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭 #𝟑: 𝐄𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐬
Protein provides the building blocks for all the “stuff” in the body. Muscles, organs, enzymes, etc. It also keeps you fuller longer (win-win).
Healthy fats (aka less processed, hydrogenated, or refined) are what provide the building blocks for your hormones. This is one reason why low fat diets can cause a ruckus for your hormone profile.
𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭 #𝟒: 𝐃𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫
You’re basically a walking ocean. Mostly made of water, it’s important to keep your hydration up so your body is a well oiled machine.
𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭 #𝟓: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐝𝐞-𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞
If you’re in a stressed state more often than not, that’s a problem.
I’m guessing that you’re not planning on quitting your job, shipping out your kids, or firing your inlaws anytime soon. So you’ll need to find a way to work on de-stressing when your life inevitably elevates you.
My personal favorites are meditation, journaling, or a yoga practice.
The truth is, there are more than just 5 metabolism boosting techniques, but it all starts with picking one thing and making it a habit.