Causes for slow metabolism

  • Low calorie diet
  • Consuming too much sugar
  • Fasting
  • Lack of exercise
  • Underactive thyroid

Increasing metabolism

  • Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day
  • Do not skip meals
  • Exercise daily
  • Limit alcohol, which suppresses the Central Nervous System
  • Drink water – 8-10 glasses per day
  • Eat highly nutritious foods
  • Build muscle. One pound of fat burns two calories per day, but 1 pound of muscle burns 50 calories per day. The more muscle you build, the faster your metabolism will run increasing the total number of calories you burn while at rest.
  • Eat breakfast
  • Vary workouts- using different muscles cause greater metabolic burn lasting up to 24 hours after workout.
  • Drink green tea
  • Eat healthy fats- fish, olives, avocado, nuts, seeds, flax, flax oil, fish oil, olive oil
  • Eat protein at each meal
  • Eat spicy foods, especially in the morning. They help speed metabolism for the rest of the day.
  • Let the stress go – stress slows metabolism
  • Exercise in the morning

Foods that increase metabolism – think spicy!

  • Chili
  • Curry
  • Mustard
  • Green tea
  • Water
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Potassium rich foods- bananas, dried apricots, baked potatoes, honeydew melon
  • Magnesium rich foods- tofu, whole wheat bread
  • Protein at each meal
  • Vitamin C (fights oxidative stress that slows fat burn)
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