For too long you have been told all the ways to lose weight and get in shape in the fastest possible way. It works some of the time, or the results are only temporary, and it never gets the full results you deserve. And there’s a reason why. It’s time to unlearn everything you have always been told to be true about how to get in shape. It’s time to stop listening to the pundits and get a metabolic reset.
Here are the most important factors to rev your metabolism:
For every two hours of sleep you lose you impair your weight loss by roughly half a pound! Worse than that, if you don’t get at least seven hours of sleep you can kick up ghrelin, your hunger hormone, into overdrive. There’s a reason you’re reaching for the office candy jar! So get your Zzz’s. The best part? Your body does deep repair when you sleep, which burns more calories than exercise.
I know if you loved water you would drink all you need. But most people are dehydrated, which slows weight loss and optimal health. In fact, you need to drink half of your body weight in ounces. Here’s a tip to get your hydration on point: If you weigh, say, 160 pounds that’s 80 ounces. The easiest way to stay hydrated is to simply drink five pints: Drink a pint when you get up, another at 11 a.m., one at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., and you are done for the day!
I can’t stop your boss from driving you crazy or shorten your long commute to and from work, but I can tell you right now that stress is slowing your weight loss, affecting your hormones and attacking your thyroid. Here are three easy tips to de-stress your day:
Do you ever feel bloated or gassy after a meal? That’s your body saying loud and clear, “Please don’t feed this to us!” Skip the calorie counting, and instead eat the foods that make you feel good. You can use my book, The Metabolism Plan, to find the foods that make you 110 percent.
Though you may have found an exercise routine that you think works for you, you could be exercising too much and at the wrong times. Exercising too intensely can affect hormones that slow your thyroid function like cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone. These skewed hormones affect your thyroid, the master gland of your metabolism. Overexercising also affects your endocrine system, which creates even higher levels of cortisol. Does all of this sound like one big negative feedback loop? Well, yes, right now it does. But that’s OK because now you are going to be in charge and find what works for you.
Pairing these tips with a customized meal plan can kick your metabolism into high gear.
These are all foods that are anti-inflammatory, which is essential for boosting your metabolism. Inflammatory foods raise cortisol levels and cause hormonal imbalance and rampant yeast growth, which disrupts thyroid function, your master gland for your metabolism.
Serve with: baby romaine with grated carrots, ¼ of an apple, sliced, and sunflower seeds, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and whatever fresh herbs you have lying around.
For women, have 4 to 6 ounces free-range, pastured chicken. Men can have 8 to 10 ounces of the same, with as much of the roasted vegetables (see below) on the side as they wish. Serve with: baby romaine with ¼ avocado, dressed with extra-virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and whatever fresh herbs you have lying around.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Chop the vegetables and toss them with the olive oil, herbs, salt, and pepper. If you have time, let the mixture stand for 30 minutes before baking for 30 minutes.
Originally published at www.mindbodygreen.com