Does it feel like everyone around you is losing weight just like that, but for you it feels like it’s more hard work?
Maybe your metabolism has slowed down and is stopping you from shifting the baby weight. Well, the good news is, you can change this!
We have 12 super easy things you can do in your day to day life to your give metabolism a good kick up the butt!
12 EASY ways to boost your metabolism
1. Increase your Omega 3
Omega 3 balances blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation, which in turn helps to regulate metabolism. The best ways to increase your omega 3 to include more of the following in your daily diet. You can find Omega 3 in:
- Oily Fish (like salmon)
- Fish oil capsules (like cod live oil)
- Flax seeds
2. Turn green (well, the tea version anyway)
Research shows that the active ingredient Catechin, which is an antioxidant ingredient found in green tea, ramps up the body’s metabolism.
Don’t like the taste of green tea? Then try our Mint Cream Bliss Balls, which contain matcha green tea powder. And they’re only 85 calories per ball.
3. Never (ever) skip breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast as soon as you get up in the morning kick starts your metabolism for the day ahead. Think of it like fuelling a car each day and giving it the power to run.
We understand that many people don’t like eating first thing, which is why our Healthy Mummy Smoothies are perfect for this. The Smoothies act as a meal replacement but also give you the nutrients you need.
To read more about what’s in the Smoothies, click here.
4. Cut down on trans fats
Trans fats are the ‘bad’ fats or processed fats that stick to your good fat and liver cells and literally cripple your metabolism. They also lead to insulin resistance and inflammation which is another metabolism killer.
When it comes to knowing which fat is a bad fat and which is a good fat, think of it this way. Bad fats are the fats you find in processed meals and junk food. Whereas, good fats are the natural occurring ones found in natural food.
If you need a healthy alternative to junk food, try out our Zucchini Pizza Bites (pictured above). Plus, they’re only 148 calories per serve.
5. Eat more protein
The body digests protein much slower than carbs and fats, which makes you feel fuller for longer. This means the body uses up more energy breaking the protein down and extracting the nutrients, giving your metabolism a boost.
You can boost your protein through meats such as poultry like chicken and turkey, as well as fish, skimmed milk and cheese, beans, nuts and seeds and tofu.
These Chocolate Quinoa Protein Balls make the perfect snack, as they are packed full of protein (and they taste great too). One ball is 80 calories.
6. Trick your body through movement
By increasing the intensity of your workouts or just by increasing your movement or steps, you can actually trick your body into boosting your metabolism and burning calories.
Get moving with our NEW DanceFit exercise routines are accessible to all 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge members via the Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App.
7. Get some muscle
Not only is muscle heavier than fat, but it also uses up more energy. Increasing your strength and resistance training means you are re-setting your base metabolism to a higher rate. This means that your body will burn more calories, even on the days you are not exercising.
8. It’s not about reducing your calories
If you cut down too much on your daily calorie intake you body will think it’s time to hang on to it’s energy stores. This puts the breaks on fat burning because your body thinks it need to conserve energy.
Eat enough calories to match your resting metabolic rate (that’s the amount of energy you would burn a day if you did no exercise at all).
Make sure you’re eating enough every day by using our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app. Not only will it work out how many calories you can consume each day, but also help you figure out how many calories are in each meal.
9. Eat smaller meals, but more often
Eating smaller portions of healthy food throughout the day keeps your metabolism going buy keeping your blood sugar levels stable. It also prevents large spikes in insulin which can result in a slower metabolism.
10. Where possible go organic
Fruits and vegetables that are organic keep your metabolism going at full speed. Pesticides and toxins interfere with your body’s thyroid function which slow down fat burning.
An easy and yummy way to sneak organic vegetables into your diet is by making this yummy and Healthy Beef Chow Mein.
Love the sound of this recipe? There are thousands and thousands of healthy and clean recipes, just like this one, LOADED with veggies on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
11. The gift of post-exercise
One of the greatest things about exercise is the post-exercise after-burn. It takes hours for your body to return to it’s resting metabolic rate after a high-energy workout, and during this time your body is still burning fat.
So essentially you’re burning calories while resting.
12. Spice up your life
Research suggests that adding cayenne pepper to your diet can decrease appetite, leading to a lower calorie intake. Cayenne is also a great metabolic booster, helping the body to burn excess fat.
These 12 tips will certainly help you rev up your metabolism in no time. However, if your keep getting your metabolism like never before, lose weight and shift stubborn fat, all while sticking to a budget and eating delicious food, then our Challenge is just for you.
Boost your metabolism with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
The Healthy Mummy exists to help tired, busy mums like you SHIFT THE BABY WEIGHT and REACH YOUR GOAL WEIGHT.
The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an affordable, breastfeeding-friendly and realistic program that helps mums tackle their diet and improve their overall health through weekly (and customisable) meal plans, at-home exercises and 24/7 social support.
Our Challenge entails:
- 28 days of at-home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding-friendly meal plans
- Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!
To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.