How to Reset And Boost Your Metabolism Naturally
There are many reasons that your metabolism can start to slow down. Fad diets, restrictive diets, and lack of nutrients can all affect your metabolism. If you want to learn how to reset your metabolism naturally, then there are a few insights that can help you do that.
Don’t Starve Yourself
Your body constantly needs fuel to keep going, and if you don’t give it the fuel it needs, your metabolism will slow down and try to conserve fuel. Some experts think that the effects of running on empty is actually worse than running on a doughnut. In other words, you need to eat when your body requires fuel if you want your metabolism to start working properly again.
It is true that your body will turn to fat for fuel when it is not getting enough calories; however, it will also turn to muscle. The less muscle you have on your body, the fewer calories you are going to burn off. Therefore, do not go on a low calorie diet, especially if you find that your metabolism is very slow.
“The fact that you gain weight easily is proof that your body likes to shift into fat-storage mode at the drop of a hat, and going too low on calories is one of the easiest ways to trigger that reaction.” – Spark People
If you are not getting a lot of exercise in, you are going to have to change that if you want to reset your metabolism back to normal. Burning calories is essential to weight management, and building muscle can help boost your resting metabolism naturally.
Doing some form of activity every day is important to maintain a healthy metabolism, however it doesn’t have to be an all-out workout. For example, in our review of Metabolic Aftershock we found that doing just 15 minutes of “hard” exercise was enough if done three times a week. For the other days, just getting in a nice mellow walk is great.
Get A Handle On Your Hormones
Hormones are compounds that regulate many things in the body, including metabolism. The problem is that for many reasons, hormonal imbalances can occur and have a negative impact on your metabolism.
For instance, hypothyroidism is a problem that can affect the metabolism negatively. The thyroid hormone regulates metabolism and without enough of it, as in the case of hypothyroidism, the metabolism slows down. According to statistics, almost 5% of the U.S. populations has hypothyroidism.
The first step to getting a handle on your hormones is to see your doctor and get tested to ensure your hormone levels are normal. Often signs of hormonal imbalance are not noticeable enough to go to a doctor. For instance, less energy or moodiness can be signs of a hormonal imbalance, but they are often ignored because they are so common in today’s world.
Hormone and Metabolism Support
The next step is to eat a diet that supports healthy hormones, which will support a healthy metabolism. There are many foods which are known to do this.
- Coconut oil: This oil is not commonly used in the western world, but it can help support healthy hormone production thanks to the lauric acid. Moreover, it is easy to digest and can help speed up the metabolism.
- Avocados: They are rich in vitamins E, B, and folic acid, which are known to help maintain healthy hormonal balance in the body.
- Ghee: The provide a high source of vitamins A, D, E and K2, which are important building blocks for hormonal production.
Other foods that are nutrient rich support a healthy body, which helps support healthy hormone production and levels. This is just one more reason to eat a diet full of whole, unprocessed foods, high in vitamins and minerals.