The Power of Metabolism


The impact of a heightened metabolism can be incredibly beneficial to your weight loss goals.  The key is getting your metabolism to a rate, such that, it’s burning more calories at rest than it was prior.  Everyone has a metabolism calorie burn rate that is inherent to their genetic makeup.  While some are blessed with a naturally fast metabolism, even those with the slowest of metabolisms can still raise theirs significantly.

Unfortunately, many people overlook this key component in the battle to lose weight.  They focus primarily on caloric intake and time spent on the elliptical machine.  While that’s fine and dandy, they are ignoring something else that can supplement the diet and exercise.  Metabolism has the ability to make your time spent on that elliptical more efficient.  For most people, “metabolism” isn’t something they can see, or do.  You can’t count your metabolic level the way you count your calories.  You can’t “do” metabolism, the way you do 60 minutes on the elliptical.  For many, if they don’t get it at first glance, they tend to forget about it and assume it’s just too complicated for them.  They stick to what they know and hope for the best.  This is a completely inefficient way to lose weight.

By understanding your metabolism and more importantly, how to RAISE it, you will be giving yourself an added boost.  That boost may make the difference between losing 1/2 to 1 pound a week or 2-3 pounds a week.  That’s a difference of up to 600%!!

Please don’t make the mistake that so many make and forget about treating your metabolism like active participant in your weight loss battle.  Do things for your metabolism that will speed it up and help you shed that extra weight.  Some very key points to keep in mind….

Eat More Fish – Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish like sardines, tuna, herring, mackerel, trout, and salmon are highly effective in helping your body burn more calories.  Studies have shown that diets with high amounts of the above listed fish, burn 400 more calories per day than those consuming little to no fatty fish.

Eat More Dark Green Vegetables  Spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, arugula, and kale are naturally packed with tons of vitamins and essential minerals.  While these are good for your body, they aren’t necessarily going to help you burn extra calories.  These veggies turn up the dial on your metabolism because of all the fiber found in them.  Fiber, by nature, is harder to digest, therefore you body must work harder to process it.  When your body works harder to complete a process, more calories are burned.

Eat More Tomatoes – Tomatoes is chock full of antioxidants, including the antioxidant lycopene.  Lycopene is essentially useful for fighting various types of cancers in the body.  In addition to being a good source of fiber, tomatoes naturally are full of various acids which actually help remove fat from your body.  The acid molecules bind to fat molecules and help move them out of your blood stream. 

Eat Negative Foods – Negative foods are foods which take more calories to burn than they are made up of.  Celery, lettuce, blueberries, strawberries, prunes, cabbage, zucchini, garlic, and broccoli, to name a few.  By eating more of these foods, your body will totally negate the calories they are composed of, plus burn additional calories during the digestion process.

Eat More Often – It has been said quite often on here, but the importance of eating ~6 small meals a day is paramount to raising metabolism.  You don’t want peaks and valleys in your metabolic level; you want a consistently elevated metabolism all day, every day.  By eating 6 smaller meals a day, evenly spread throughout the day, you allow your body to grow accustomed to a routine.  It learns to expect a meal coming at a certain time, and keeps the metabolism elevated in preparation for that.

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2 comments so far

  1. Nicole on

    Great post!! Tomatoes and spinach are my faves =)

  2. mary-jo on

    Love all recommendations, but that last point — to eat more often can REALLY translate into people eating MORE — period. The key there is to remember that the 6 SMALLER meals should never amount to more than your overall intake needed to enable you to provide for your nutrient goals, whether it’s weight loss, gain, or maintenance. Probably for people who are already at a reasonable weight and fitness level, this point causes no problem, but for people who struggle with their food intake and have food ‘issues’, I would not recommend unequivocably recommend this.


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