Are you exercising and eating healthfully, but still struggling with weight loss? Maybe your metabolism needs a boost!
After having my third child, I was doing everything I knew to lose the extra pregnancy pounds. But nothing seemed to be working. I was exercising, counting calories, nursing, and getting plenty of sleep, but experiencing very little weight loss success.
Something didn’t add up.
I finally visited my doctor and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The American Thyroid Association defines hypothyroidism as:
“Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood.”
Hypothyroidism can slow your metabolism and sometimes causes weight gain. This was my problem. Now that my thyroid is functioning normally with medicine, I can successfully maintain a healthy weight!
Other Possible Causes
Other possibilities include genetics, medications, and other health issues. So, the first thing you should do is check with your doctor to make sure there is nothing medically going on with your body that is keeping you from losing weight.
If there are no medical issues going on in your body, then you might need to make some changes to your daily routines. Here are 5 tips that have helped me!
1. Drink Up!
There are several ways to boost your metabolism. One way is by drinking lots of water. Studies show that water increases your metabolism and helps burn more calories. Findings reported in the December issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism show that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately 5 pounds. It is noted that up to 40% of the increase in calorie burning is caused by the body's attempt to heat the water. So drink up!
2. Tone Up
Another great way to boost your metabolism is to increase your muscle mass. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn. Adding strength training to your exercise routine will help burn more calories, boost your metabolism, and help you get lean.
3. Spice Up
Your diet is another way to help your metabolism. Studies show that green tea, cinnamon, and other spices help naturally boost your metabolism. Capsaicin (a chemical found in jalapeno and cayenne peppers) temporarily stimulates your body to release more stress hormones, which speeds up your metabolism and causes you to burn more calories.
I like to add cinnamon to my coffee grinds in the morning. It tastes great and gives my metabolism a little boost.
4. Eat Up
Be careful what you are eating. If you eat processed foods, your body is going to pay the price. Make sure you are eating real food with real ingredients. I choose to try and eat organic and natural as much as possible. Know what you are eating. If you can’t pronounce the names of the ingredients ….you probably should not be eating it!
5. Clean Up
The environment and chemicals around us affect our metabolism. In Jillian Michaels’ book, “Master Your Metabolism”, she explains how the cleaning supplies, pesticides, makeup, and other chemicals around us alter our metabolism. Maybe you want to switch to more natural products that you use around your house. You can use laundry detergent that is chemical and dye free. And there are a lot of natural cleaning supplies out there. I am trying a few different natural makeup products right now.
Every Positive Change You Make is... Positive
All of these changes might seem overwhelming. If that is the case, just make one or two changes now. Then, slowly start adding one or two more at a later time. Every positive change you make is positive, whether it is one or five!