A known fact: as we age, our metabolism slows down. When you're 20, your metabolism is much different from say, when you're 40. So if you're like the rest of us that are over 40, you may be having some issues with your weight. Metabolism slows down due to muscle loss and our decrease of physical activity. Well, let's show 'em that growing older doesn't mean growing fatter - as seen on The Dr. Oz Show, fight back with these 5 metabolism boosters!
- Weigh Your Whey
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and one way to boost your metabolism by 25% is having a whey protein shake every morning. As we get older, life becomes more demanding and some of us may think going to the drive-thru for some fast food is the easiest way to get our day started. Having a whey protein shake is way easier - not only do you save on the exorbitant calories from fast food, whey protein is filling, low in calories and nourishes the body while acting as a boost for eating for fat loss.
This one may seem like a no-brainer but when you're a busy working mom, it's hard to find time to exercise. But think of it as an input/output equation: what you eat stays on your body unless you move as much as you eat. Or if you're trying to lose weight, you have to move more than what you're eating. So you're going to have to find the time. It is recommended that move at least an hour a day - invest in a FitBit or even a pedometer and set our goal at taking 10,000 steps a day. To get an extra metabolic boost, add weight lifting to your new exercise plan to build up that lost muscle, which burns calories more efficiently, while tightening, toning and keeping your bones strong.
- Up Your Greens
Take control of your food intake - before any "bad" (i.e. high fat) food cravings kick in, eat your vegetables! Your body works harder at digesting green veggies, therefore causing your metabolism to speed up. Eating more vegetables will keep you more satiated and energized.
- "Clean" Up Your Protein
Get lean and mean with your protein! Choose "clean" protein (meaning 5-7 grams of fat per service) and this is definitely a case in which quality over quantity rules: buy the best cuts of lean protein that you can and your body will burn them more efficiently. You may think this means your diet is going to only be grilled chicken but here are other high protein/low fat meat options to check out. Stay away from high-fat proteins because these work against your goals and cause you to store fat, regardless all the exercise you've added to your lifestyle. Starve your fat, feed your muscle!
- Supplement Your Metabolism
This is not cheating - supplements are meant to be added to your new healthy diet. But they're also not magic pills - you still need to exercise and eat healthily. Here are a few good supplements to add to your diet:
- Metabolic-Boosting Fiber
- Metabolic-Boosting Raspberry Keytones
- Metabolic Boosting L-Carnitine
- Metabolic-Boosting White Kidney Bean Extract
Don't be intimidated of all the supplements available, talk to someone in your health food store about these supplements and they'll point you in the right direction!