Saturday, August 31, 2013

10 Diet Mistakes That Slow Metabolism


The average woman gains 1 ½ pounds a year during her adult life, so it may be better to combat the roller coaster of hormones, muscle loss, and stress that conspires to slow her fat-burning engine before she pack on 40-plus pounds by her 50’s. 

Let’s begin with the obvious, it’s not easy to boost over-40 weight loss, but it is possible, the amount needed to fuel your body while keeping you satisfied is 400 calories, so make sure your meals don’t exceed this amount. The following metabolism-boosting food rules will help your body burn fat faster:

1. You don’t eat enough
Ok, so it is clearly important to cut off the calories to lose weight, it doesn’t mean you have to overdo it. When you eat less than you need for basic biological function, your body sends messages of starvation to the brain and your metabolism slows down as a defense mechanism and it also begins to break down precious, calorie-burning muscle tissue for energy. Eat a 300-400 calorie meal every 4 hours, you’ll be satisfied and keep from overeating later in the day. 

2. You avoid caffeine
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, your daily morning coffee can rev your metabolism 5-8%, meanwhile a cup of brewed tea can raise it up to 12%. 

3. Your carbs are white
Boost your fiber intake. Change all white flour product to whole wheat products, and increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Aim for 25g per day. 

4. Your water is room temperature
Cold water has been frowned upon when it comes to losing weight, but drinking 6 cups of cold water a day can raise resting metabolism, since the body has to work harder to heat the water to its regular temperature. 

10 Diet Mistakes That Slow Metabolism

5. Your food is covered with pesticides
Organochlorines experience a greater than normal dip in metabolism as they lose weight, because the toxins interfere with the energy burning process and they can also trigger weight gain. Always choose organicwhenever possible. 

6. Your meal lacks protein
Protein should be a component in every meal in order for your body to maintain lean muscle. Add lean meat, nuts, eggs, and low-fat yogurt to your daily meals and snacks.

7. Your diet needs to pump iron
Iron-rich foods are essential for carrying the oxygen your muscles need to burn fat, a deficiency of this mineral can lead to the risk of low energy and a sagging metabolism. Beans, spinach, and shellfish are excellent iron sources. 

8. You’re missing this crucial vitamin
Vitamin D is essential for preserving metabolism-revving muscle tissue, this vitamin is obtained from sun exposure, and some foods such as tuna, shrimp, tofu, fortified milk and cereal, and eggs.

9. You’ve had one drink too many
Alcohol makes you burn less fat, and more slowly than usual. 

10. You are not getting enough diary
Calcium deficiency slows your metabolism, consuming fat-free dairy products may also reduce fat absorption from other foods. 


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