|Posted by onthegofitness on September 23, 2009 at 7:59 PM|
Are you trying to lose weight, but the pounds are not coming off?
The first thing you need to think about is your Metabolism. Metabolism is the rate at which your body consumes calories at rest. How many calories does your body require just to function each day? Are doing the right things to speed up your metabolism? Or are your eating habits setting you up for disappointment? Here is your Metabolism boosting check list
• Eat breakfast every morning
Our bodies’ natural mechanism is to hold on to our fat stores in case we can not find food again for sometime. While you sleep your body is not consuming food and not burning many calories therefore your metabolism slows down the longer you wait to eat in the morning the longer your body is in starvation mode and holding on to your fat stores.
• Drink 8-10 glasses of cold water a day
This will help flush out the toxins and rehydrate your body.
• Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week
Accumulating at least 30 minutes of some form of physical activity each day will help reduce your risks of cardiac disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and adult onset Diabetes
• Eat a small meal or snack every 3-4 hours
Once you have eaten your breakfast your metabolism is on the rise in order to keep your metabolism at peak performance throughout the day. It is recommended that you eat a small meal or snack (chips and chocolate bars don’t count) every 3-4 hours. Your body will then expect food every few hours therefore allowing excess fat stores to burn up through exercise and regular physical activities.