Burn Power: How to Rev Up Metabolism

Metabolism is your best friend when it comes to losing weight and burning fat. Your metabolic rate determines how many calories you burn during the day!

Do you want YOUR metabolism to slowly smoulder or roar like a fiery furnace? Let’s guess!! If you’re like the GSH team, you want a super-charged metabolic rate – one that is a fat-burning, calorie-consuming monster metabolism so efficient at burning calories all day long, that there’s NO way you are or ever will be F.A.T.

Are You Ready to Reset Your Metabolism Switch to Power Burn?

Then check out these 10 ways to fire up your fat loss and rev up your metabolism:

  1. Think Protein: Make sure you’re getting one gram of protein per pound of lean mass. Eating any food, causes your metabolism to activate, but PROTEIN contributes a greater boost than eating carbohydrates or fat. Your body needs protein to build lean muscle mass and muscle fires up metabolism. In fact think of it this way muscle = metabolism. The more muscle you have, the more efficient your metabolism. You should include a protein source with every meal and snack. Think beyond the normal protein choices of chicken, fish, eggs and cheese. Instead, get creative and design meals with lentils, qinoa, chia seeds and high quality protein shakes.

2. Eat Salmon: Salmon is a wonderful-tasting fish you can prepare in a variety of delicious, nutritious ways, but it’s SO much more than a satisfying protein source. It’s a low calorie, high protein fish that contains an abundance of omega 3 fatty acids.  Omega-3s enhance your metabolism by slowing digestion and preventing cravings! Kapow! Score three ways! Not every one likes fish, or it’s not eaten frequently enough, so why not supplement with the finest pharmaceutical grade Omega-3 available. OMG! You’re going to love this combo! It’s a delicious shake with high protein AND Omega’s … a double whammy on your metabolism.  Amazing high score!!!

3. Gym Time: Move! Stay active and super-charge your metabolic rate! Get your cardio in at the gym {or around the neighborhood} and remember that cardio workouts burn calories while you’re doing the exercise – AND for a few hours afterwards. BUT resistance exercise builds lean mass and is an even better investment.  You not only burn calories during your weightlifting sessions, but as you increase lean muscle mass you burn calories 24/7.  Now that’s a super-synergistic reward!

4. Green Tea: Green tea is an ultra-energizing and refreshing way to get EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is an ingredient known to speed up metabolism. Drink it hot or cold! Forget coffee and amped-up sodas. Green tea is a natural way to head off the slumps when you need a quick pick-me-up – it naturally boosts your energy. A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that green tea extract resulted in a significant increase in energy expenditure (a metabolism ‘boost‘).
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5. Fiber Foods: Eat high fiberous foods! Since fiber is indigestible, the body works harder at trying to digest it and in doing so burns more calories than it would on other foods. Fiber also fills you up so you’re not as hungry and stabilizes blood sugar to prevent cravings!  It’s a multi-tasking food friend!

6. Hydrate: Drink, drink and drink some more! When you’re dehydrated your metabolism slows, but your hunger and fatigue increases. Don’t go there! Instead, stay hydrated by strategically drinking water throughout the day. You’ll feel full too! Tip: Add 1/2 a squeezed lemon to a glass of room temperature water in the morning to kick-start your digestion and metabolism!

7. Eat Less More Often:  We’re NOT suggesting you graze all day either, so don’t rush out and buy a ton of snack items.  PLAN 3 HEALTHY MEALS and NO SKIPPING BREAKFAST! Space out those 3 meals and avoid hours of starvation in between. Eat sensible portions – no supersizing! Having a snack to break up a long stretch between a main meal just makes good sense, and keeps your metabolism fired. You’ll eat less at your main meal if you’re not ravenous!  Tip: If you DO have a snack use it as an opportunity to work another serving of vegetables into your day by munching on some raw carrots, celery, or pepper strips.  Add a little hummus, guacamole, or peanut butter. Always have a protein with the carbohydrate.  Here are some healthy-on-the-go-protein snacks.

8. Fidget Widget: Fidget all day long! You know what we mean, right? Move your body parts constantly. So yes, sweep the patio, mop the floor, wash the car and move around, but while you’re sitting down, don’t stop moving – become the family’s biggest fidget widget. Tap your toes, swing your leg and change positions. Every movement burns calories and increases metabolism.

9. Simple Detox: Do an occasional detox! No not the wild and crazy fad, yucky-tasting kind, but a simple proven detoxification to gently cleanse your system and remove toxins that may be lurking in your intestines. organs or your circulatory system.  Want the best ever? Here it is: A Simple Detox.

10. Raw Food: Forget processed food.  Avoid high sugary foods, junk food, and even fruit juices. Reach for the all natural, organic fresh fruits and veggies. Wonderful nutritious, low calorie, high in nutrient value and fiber, you can enjoy these raw foods and feel no guilt, all the while revving up your metabolism and doing something healthy for yourself.

Get on board! Power up your metabolism, become a fat-burning machine and see the results – all while you’re having fun and getting healthier!

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