Dieting is rough. The results of your efforts can seem like forever waiting for those pounds to melt away. But, what if I told you that are some things you can do more to speed up your body's metabolism and replace fat with more muscle than what you are already doing?
To start, don't underestimate the power of
protein because it does affect your metabolic rate. Do you eat at least 56
to 62 grams of it a day? Protein is important because it has amino
acids to help your metabolism, turning it along with carbohydrates and fats into
energy while building muscle. Without enough, your body stalls like a car
without fuel, which means you won't lose as much weight. Therefore, don't
be denying yourself that protein you need.
Just like that parked car, your body at rest is
at a standstill without any exercise to speed up that metabolic rate. You
don't have to run a marathon to get your heart pumping. You just need to
get moving to give your body more of a fighting chance. Park further away
and walk a bit to the store or your office or take the stairs over the elevator,
If you already exercise, you should add light
weights or resistance bands to your routine. Believe it or not, cans of
food can make great homemade weights for lifting. A typical small can of
vegetables runs about 14.5 oz. while the larger cans are about 1 lb. 12
oz. The size and weight of that can you are comfortable working out
with is up to you. All I am saying is you don't have to buy fancy
equipment and can improvise.
Another thing to consider is how strict are you
when it comes to everything in your diet menu? Be honest with yourself, do
you count every nibble that goes into your mouth? Tasting while cooking
counts and can be hindering your progress. Try keeping a food journal and
write down everything before it enters your mouth will give a realistic
picture of why you're not dropping the weight as you had thought.
Just as harmful to your fat-burning efforts are
not eating enough calories. Cutting calories is crucial for shedding
weight, but you can't starve yourself thinking less is better without dire
consequences to your health and by slowing your metabolism. Strive for at
least 1200 calories a day when dieting.
To everyone else also trying to lose weight, hang
in there and know you are not alone. Whether you have a few or more pounds
to drop, you have plenty of company and hopefully what I shared helps keep you