Slow metabolism is sometimes identified as one of the factors unhealthy weight gain. Indeed, for some people piling on the pounds is easy, and losing weight is extremely difficult. This is often the problem of people with an underactive thyroid, or are diagnosed as hypothyroid.
If that the case, slow metabolism is not an impossible problem to address for weight loss to improve health. Consistency with certain practices can have a considerable impact. A committed and intentional healthy lifestyle, as well as investing in reliable, effective systems can help you overcome slow metabolism.
So, if you are ready to become the healthiest version of yourself despite your naturally slow metabolism, here are the best tactics to implement:
NEAT stands for non-exercise activities that burn calories. These activities include walking around — the strategy of the French for staying svelte and doing household chores. It’s essential to do more NEAT to jumpstart the body’s natural weight-loss ability. Therefore, welcome all opportunities to walk around, keep the body moving, and power them up.
For people who do not lose weight quickly, it is also better to focus on strengthening workouts than cardio exercises. The way strength training pushes the body to failure will help you burn those pounds faster yet maintain muscle mass when you eat more sensibly.
If slow metabolism is your only health issue and a tough workout won’t aggravate a medical condition, sign up for truly intense workout programs as HIIT and weightlifting.
Eating small meals five to six times a day helps, but so does sticking to three full meals. The idea is to go with what you can manage. The last thing you want when you are trying to overcome the natural tendency of your body is to feel stress about abiding by a specific schedule.
Eat when it’s convenient, but do be intentional with your meals.
Protein is the building block of strength. So, make sure that your meals are loaded with healthy proteins such as lean meat, lentils, and of course, protein shakes or smoothies. Likewise, create a stash of protein bars that you can snack on when you cannot prepare your meal.
It’s worth mentioning, too, that proteins keep you feeling full for much longer because they take more calories to digest. You’ll be less inclined to indulge in munchies once you up your protein intake.
Never combine eating less with longer and more physically tiring workouts. This is one unhealthy practice that typically results in weight gain as it prompts your body’s natural metabolism to adapt.
Eventually, with such incompatible eating and exercising routine, your body’s weight-loss ability will plateau. At the same time, the deprivation you feel will take its toll on you and may drive to binge-eat.
If you feel like you’ve been exercising and eating right, but you are not seeing a lot of changes with your weight, do not feel discouraged. Changing one’s metabolism takes a bit of time. What you can do instead is to find ways to boost whatever results you are getting.
For example, treat yourself to a slimming therapy session. You can derive instant gratification from it. A single session can make you feel so much better. It can take care of water retention, flush out toxins from the body, reduce cellulite, and even heal the physical aches of working out.
Beauty and health experts cannot stress enough how important sleep is for weight loss. Going to bed before 10 PM, and getting enough numbers every night prevent the overproduction of the hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin.
At the same time, getting enough hours of sleep keeps glucose and insulin levels under control to prevent fat buildup. So, if you like to hit the sack late and you have a slow metabolism, you are only compounding the problem.
All in all, smart practices are the key to outworking the health issues created by slow metabolism. The ones shared above are effective strategies. Be consistent with them, and your slow metabolism will no longer delay you from being in the best health of your life.
Vandana Luthra founded VLCC in New Delhi, India as a beauty and slimming services centre in 1989. Today, it is widely recognized for its comprehensive portfolio of beauty and wellness products and services and also enjoys a high level of consumer trust. The VLCC Group’s operations currently span 330 locations in over 150 cities and 14 countries across Asia and Africa.