The Metabolism Booster
Diet Planner, A Free Plan

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

How  does a sluggish metabolism affect your weight loss program?

In a big WEIGH! And yes, that's spelled right.

A sluggish metabolism is a bit like a sluggish car. When the engine is firing correctly, you get a smooth ride and use fuel efficiently.  

Some cars drink more gas than other cars - generally due to their size. Typically, the larger the car, the more fuel is required to keep it running.  

It's much the same with people. A smaller person is going to take less 'food fuel' to function than someone who is a bit larger.

But many times, the car will use too much fuel or will 'miss out' due to a different problem - an internal problem. Such is our metabolism.

The Downside of a Sluggish Metabolism

Let's address the common symptoms associated with such:

- A person with a sluggish metabolism might actually gain weight - at times, a substantial amount; on the flip side they may also drop a significant amount of pounds.

- They may often feel like they are lacking energy; they may feel weak and tired. Because tiredness is associated with a plethora of serious maladies, it could be due to underlying health problems that require a doctor's expertise, so it is always wise to seek a professional's advice in this situation.  

- A slowed metabolic rate can be caused by food overload AS WELL AS food underload. Many times, dieters eat so little that the rate slows to a painfully snail-like pace. In turn, the rate of weight loss slows down - sometimes to a complete stop.

How to Boost Metabolism, the Plan

In order to make improvements in life, one always requires a good plan in order to accomplish such - or to simply make the progression easier. Let's get started, shall we - and all of the tips included in our planning phase are quite easy to perform:

1. Break your overnight fast with breakfast. This is the key that will start your engine. If you are concerned that breaking your fast earlier in the day will trigger overeating as the day progresses, try eating foods that are high in fiber and rich in protein content which will assist in quelling appetite.

Excellent choices for your meal plate include: whole grain cereals, whole grain bagel or English muffin or breads, oatmeal and eggs.

2. Incorporate more activity into your day; a 10 minute walk in the afternoon or evening works as a great metabolism booster. If you can exercise more - then all the better for your good health. If the body is in a state of stagnation on the outside, the inside will mirror such. Little movement on the outside equals minimal on the interior.

3. Opt for a natural food diet. Natural foods are much easier for the body to process than those which go through an aggressive refining process. Rather than reaching for a cupcake or donut, reach for a serving of fresh melon, berries or a fruit selection. Rather than drowning your salad in oily dressings that contain more fat than that can of lard that your great grandmother used to cook with, reach for lighter selections such as balsamic vinegar which adds flavor without adding a plethora of caloric values. One serving equals five kcals.

4.  Many dieters see a boost in metabolism by eating several small meals per day rather than the standard breakfast, lunch and dinner. The key is not to go overboard when preparing the meal plate - or get locked into a grazing phase. It's just too easy to lose count on the amount of food and drink consumed.

5. Eat dinner as early in the evening as possible. Keep in mind that as the day progresses, the body tires - the body naturally slows in preparation for the long sleep ahead.

6. Incorporate 3 cups of skim milk per day into your diet rather than high caloric sugary sodas or sugar loaded juices. When choosing juices, opt for the natural varieties which contain less sugar and zero sugar substitute.

7.  Keep in mind that weight loss plateaus are normal when dieting. Allow time for the plateau to adjust before going into panic mode.

8.  Also keep in mind that hormones  play a number with our metabolism. It's also very normal for the metabolic rate to slow down a bit as we grow older.


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