6 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

We all want a fast metabolism! Who doesn’t? Then we won’t feel so guilty when we eat the large tub of boardwalk fries or grab the ice cream cone with your favorite three scoops. How great would it be if we could eat anything because we knew our metabolism would just burn it off. If only it were that simple! Did you know your metabolism is related to your level of activity through out your life? So the more active you are through out your life the higher your metabolism will be as you age. Metabolisms slow as you get older because muscle mass decreases while the amount of body fat increases, in turn causing fewer calories to be burned. Your body needs a balance of water, fat, vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, cholesterol, sodium, and essential fatty acids to lose weight. Here are six effective ways to boost your metabolism.

  1. Water- Water speeds up weight loss, suppresses the appetite, and flushes toxins. Start your day off with a glass of water first thing in the morning. It’ll jump-start your metabolism and make you feel fuller.
  2. Eat smaller meals- Instead of 3 large meals for the day, break them up into 5 or 6 smaller meals. Be a grazer! Try to eat every 2-3 hours through out the day, this will force your body to continue to break down food, stimulate your metabolism, and burn calories. Just remember to reach for healthier choices…nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, low-fat yogurt, etc.
  3. Add spices to your foods- Cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, and cinnamon are all great and tasty spices that will not only get your metabolism going but also make your foods taste that much better. Hot peppers stimulate your body to release stress hormones causing you to burn more calories and speed up your metabolism.
  4. Don’t skip breakfast- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the one most often skipped! Missing breakfast already begins the cycle of slowing down your metabolism for the day and can also lead to bingeing on sugary and fatty foods. Making sure to eat a nutritious and healthy breakfast every morning can lead to increased concentration, higher energy levels, and maintaining a healthy balanced weight.
  5. Sit in the sun-Eat your breakfast while you soak up some sun. Bright light boosts your metabolism and increases bone and muscle strength! Who knew?
  6. Incorporate metabolism boosting foods-  Flax, olive oil, lemons, apples. pears, cocoa, spinach, almonds, and oats are all metabolism boosting foods. They are also cholesterol fighters, high in fiber and protein, and heart heathy. Make a smoothie for breakfast, lunch or snack with steel-cut oats or rolled oats, bananas, almond milk, cocoa nips, cinnamon, and a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt!

You can boost your metabolism rate with these six simple steps and also by choosing good nutritious foods, controlling portions, eating a well-balanced diet, and staying active. In no time you’ll be on your way to burning more calories, losing the fat, and shedding the pounds.

***Want to lose those last stubborn 10 pounds, not sure how to change your diet for the better, or want to get more exercise but hate the gym? Let a Holistic Health Coach guide you in the right direction! I’m offering a Free 50-minute consultation and health history through my health coaching business, “Balanced Living Health and Wellness” to anyone/everyone that wants to change their life for the better! Just email me at roberts.kellyh@gmail.com and I’ll send you the health history to get started. Offer valid till Thursday, April 19th, 2012.***

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

3 thoughts on “6 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

  1. Great tips! I just read about water and how a lot of the times that we feel hungry we are really just dehydrated…I thought that was interesting, so drink water not only to help boost metabolism but also to help you through the sluggish times when you would normally grab that snickers bar.

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