7 Tips to Jump Start Your Metabolism

by Robin De-Ivy Allen on April 27, 2009 · 6 comments

By Robin De-Ivy Allen

 

Speeding up the metabolism is essential in the process of weight management.  The metabolism is responsible for turning the food we eat into the energy we need to maintain ourselves.  The metabolism is affected by the composition of your body—basically the amount of muscle versus the amount of fat.  Muscle uses more calories to maintain itself.

 

As we age (after 30) the amount of muscle we have gradually tends to decrease.  This is why it appears that we gain weight as we age.  You may actually eat the same and maintain the same amount of physical activity yet gain weight.  This is because the metabolism will slow down as the muscle mass decreases.

 

Here are some causes of a slower metabolism:

  • Fasting
  • Low calorie diet
  • Snacking throughout the day on high sugared foods (including sugary drinks)
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Under active thyroid

Here are some ways to speed up your metabolism:

  • Eat four to six meals per day
  • Do not skip meals
  • Eat breakfast
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Drink eight to ten glasses of water daily
  • Eat protein rich foods

As you may notice, many of the remedies in boosting the metabolism are centered on eating.  Don’t underestimate the power of food.  A healthy diet is permanent and not something you suffer through for a week or two and then quit.  It’s a lifestyle.

About the Author:  Robin De-Ivy Allen is the founder of Necessary Nutrition a company dedicated to helping clients boost their metabolism, reduce their body fat, learn to eat for nutritional value and live their lives full of personal power, health and overall abundance.  Robin can be reached at 951-956-4643 or visit her website at www.NessyNutri.com.

[Editor’s Comments:  I sure know what it means to have a slower metabolism!  When I was a senior in high school, I wrestled in the 145 lb. weight class.  My metabolism was so fast, I had trouble gaining weight.  I had to eat over 3,000 calories per day just to put on weight for football. 

If I ate like that now, I’d probably weigh close to 300 lbs.  Not that I’m over 40, I can really tell the difference in my metabolism and I have to be very careful what I eat and how many calories I consume.  If I don’t, I easily gain weight…and most of it goes right to my mid-section. 

I follow Robin’s advice and eat small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.  My nutrition plan focuses on organic whole foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats.

How about you?  Have you noticed the change in your metabolism yet?  Do you have any additional strategies that help keep your metabolism running in high-gear?  Leave us a comment and share your ideas!]

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1 Suzie April 27, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Thank you, Healthy Minute, for another relevant article. I hope the tips help speed my metabolism and result is weight loss!

2 Iris April 28, 2009 at 12:22 am

Thank you Healthy Minute. I now know why my metabolism is so slow.
I take Synthroid for Hypo-thyroidism, do not get enough sleep,and not
sufficient amount of excercise.

3 Melanie April 29, 2009 at 7:39 am

Thank you for the great advice again. I have had hypothyroidism for 12 years so my metabolism has always run slow. With my condition though I should only have 3 meals a day. A great book to read if anyone has the same problem is The Thyroid Diet by Mary Shomon.

4 Michele April 29, 2009 at 6:33 pm

This is great information to know, especially the 4-6 meals a day : ) I am nearing 30 and have to be more conscious of what I am consuming. I have noticed that I am no longer able to eat anything and maintain my figure…or maybe my pants are just shrinking ; )

I have been packing a slightly larger lunch than before (adding additional fruits and veggies) and this has helped a ton with my hunger for junk food throughout the day. I work in an office with 50 other women who bring in snacks and cake to pass around. Instead of eating that I just snack on carrots or a banana. By eating the fruits and veggies between my meals I am not hungry for the junk food.

5 Robin De-Ivy Allen May 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Hi Michele–after 30 years old things really do start to slow down. I’m 34, and the author of the article. I know if first hand.

6 Theresa Turner April 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Thank you for that information. I have a slow metabolism and I am on a lot of medication for heart disease and migraine. The side effects of these are weight gain and I also have an under-active thyroid and I’m currently working with my doc to get some help for that. With medications that have a side effect of weight gain, is there any help for me to be able to get this weight off? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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