We all have to start somewhere. Here are some tips to jumpstart your metabolism and get you started on your path to a life of balance:
Drink More Water.
Drinking water increases your metabolic rate. Even mild dehydration slows down the body’s metabolism. Keep a bottle of water on your nightstand and drink it as soon as you wake up in the morning. Carry a water bottle in your purse and have one in your car so you see it often and remember to drink.
Often you reach for food because you think you're hungry, but you may just be thirsty. Try drinking water first and then if you're still hungry (you may not be), eat.
I like Flow spring water because it's naturally alkaline and has been found to clear up your skin. Also, you don't have to worry about leaving a plastic water bottle in your car and then not being able to drink it when your car heats up.
Make Protein Your First Meal.
What are you eating for breakfast?
Two years ago, my trainer, Clif Brooks, encouraged me to stop eating carbs as my first meal of the day. He explained that while you’re sleeping, your body produces a hunger control hormone that causes your body to burn fat for energy. As soon as you eat carbs, your insulin levels will spike, and your body switches from burning fat to burning carbs for energy.
Essentially, a breakfast high in carbs can cause your body to store fat. Eating protein and fat at breakfast allows your body to continue burning fat (vs. carbs) as an energy source.
Try starting each day with a breakfast high in protein and fat to keep you full longer. This will help to increase your metabolic rate so you'll burn more calories throughout the day. If you’d rather eat oatmeal or whole wheat toast, you can! Just make it your second meal of the day (at least 2 hours after breakfast).
I know. It sucks. It was hard for me to even write this (I had to put down my margarita). But it’s what you have to do if you really want to see a change in your body. Alcohol is processed by the liver—the organ that could be concentrating on burning fat, but instead, is busy filtering out alcohol!
As nutritionist, Haylie Pomroy explains, “Every time you swallow a drink, your liver has to take time off from its fat-burning job while it evicts the chemical intruder. Alcohol converts to sugar and dumps itself into your bloodstream so fast that your body desperately races to stash it somewhere it can’t do any harm—in your fat cells.”
Stop drinking alcohol for a week and watch what happens.
Cut Out Processed Sugar.
Just processed sugar. You don’t have to cut out all carbs! Carbs are your body’s primary and preferred energy source. Complex carbs like whole grains and the natural sugar found in fruit are fine. You need the energy that comes from carbs if you're working out on a consistent basis.
Commit to these tips and you’ll see results in just a couple of days.