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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rev up your metabolism!

Everybody is different in this department. Genetically some people have a faster metabolism.I have talked with several people who explain their frustrations because they cannot lose weight. Some say its because they think they were born with a slow metabolism. Is that a valid excuse? Just give up because you were "born this way" ? {lady gaga}.. I don't think so. What it means is that you are just going to have to put in a little extra effort to lose it.YOU can still SUCCEED!!
I think everyone can speed up their metabolism by jumping on the right track. Slowing metabolisms can be caused by a number of things.

  • Lack of sleep
  • Little or no exercise
  • Thyroid problems
  • Yo-yo dieting
  • Poor diet in general. 
  • Cheating
  • Even your attitude
  • Stress
Can you pick out any of these? Here are some of my tips for revving up your metabolism!

  1. DRINK WATER!!!!! Shoot for 1 Gallon each day! You need to properly hydrate yourself to encourage optimal bodily function
  2. ADD FAT. To put it simply, Eat fat --> Burn fat: by adding essential fatty acids such as olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseeds etc. will assist with speeding up that metabolism.
3. Don't Starve- When you go past the point of hunger it triggers a starvation response. Causing you to over eat. Keep fruits/veggies on hand for a quick  re-charge when needed

4.Eat often- When you eat your meals {5-6 each day} eat at least a palm-sized serving of protein along with a complex carb.

5. Protein- Each meal should have some sort of protein. It helps sustain fullness and gives you energy to keep going.

6. AVOID SUGAR! Simple & refined sugars send the metabolism into a slow downward tailspin.

7. Complex Carbohydrates- Fruits and vegetables satisfy the needs of an active body.

8. Work Out-- Yep, you need to do it. Their are no excuses. Face reality and get to work. love you.

9. Get to bed on time-- Turn of the TV and close your eyes. 

10. DIET? no. make it a lifestyle. Some people say moderation is key. I hate to be blunt here.. but no it isn't. How often do we find the excuse to celebrate with a treat? End of a long day? Sunday treats? Birthdays? Girls Night outs? Pick your poison. ;) 

11. Add a little Spice- Spices such as cinnamon and cayenne are amazing spices to assist with speeding up your metabolism.  

Don't ever feel discouraged  & tackle each day with a positive attitude. Take control of you. 
I hope some of these tips help! 


  1. Great post!!!! I can feel and see the difference in my body when I am getting enough water, sleep and FAT. I'm also always amazed the impact not ENOUGH food has. Hope you're doing well today

  2. erica.. did you really post at 4:18 AM!!? I remember being pregnant and doing the same thing!

  3. Those were good reminders and good tips! I used to be scared of eating too much fat and protein, but now I eat a little at each meal. It helps so much with controlling blood sugar drops and hunger levels!

  4. I LOVE This!!!! Do you mind if I repost it on my blog (and give you proper credit, of course!). I was also planning on asking you if I could ask you a few questions and feature you on my blog... I really look up to you, having twin babies and staying in such good shape and all, and I would love my readers to see what a great blog you have! let me know!

  5. Thanks Candice for the tips and advice on speeding up our metabolism! It's hard for me to get enough water. I probably only drink like 20 oz a day...and I wonder sometimes if the weight doesn't come off as easily as I don't drink a lot. I know I need to but it's like my body doesn't need it. What do you think about that?

    The bruschetta looks so good too! I am going to have to try it.