Metabolism Boosters

From July 2010:

Metabolism Booster #1:

Eat breakfast

Having a nutrient-rich morning meal shortly after you get out of bed literally wakes up your metabolism. In a way, it gets the engine going for the rest of the day.

– Eat whole foods like old-fashioned oatmeal or organic scrambled eggs with spinach and olive oil or a nutrient-packed breakfast smoothie. Email me for some yummy smoothie recipes.

Metabolism Booster #2:

Exercise

a) Aerobic:

The next time your run, cycle, or even walk, kick it up a notch and increase the intensity of your workout for small spurts of time- around 30 seconds. This helps your body consume more oxygen and makes your body work harder to burn energy.

*** Make sure you are not running out of breath and remember to breathe deeply.

b) Strength training:

Muscles weigh more than fat, but they also require more energy, therefore burning more calories. This leads to an increase in resting metabolism, meaning that you are burning more calories even if you’re not physically working out.

Metabolism Booster #3:

Keep your blood sugar levels steady by having healthy snacks

Grazing on healthy snacks prevent spikes in insulin levels. The best snack has a healthy combination of carbs, fat, and protein. It will be digested slower and your body will expend more energy absorbing the nutrients.

– Snacks: apples with cinnamon, a handful of almonds, celery with peanut butter, hard-boiled egg, raw veggies with hummus, or edamame, just to name a few.

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