Hi loves! For a few weeks I’m teaming with the FitLife TV team to bring my Tired Girl Tips to a new audience. This week I’m talking about six ways your diet is messing with your metabolism. These can make all the difference in trying to lose those last five pounds and keep them off!
#1: Metabolism Mistake: Eating the Wrong Breakfast
You’ve been told over and over that people who eat breakfast stay thinner expect I also hear from clients that they don’t eat breakfast because they’re hungry like an hour later. What’s up with that?
Your breakfast contains too many carbs, priming you to overeat later. In the morning, insulin levels are high so if you eat a high-carb meal, and insulin rises even more, then nosedives quickly, you’re starving before noon.
The solution: Pair those carbs with protein and fiber to help slow down the blood sugar response
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#2: Metabolism Mistake: Skimping on Protein
All day your body is going through a process called protein turnover, basically breaking down its own muscle tissues. Don’t worry, that’s totally normal. The problem? Many women don’t eat enough protein, period. Not good since the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn no matter what you’re doing.
The solution: Think of aiming for 70 to 90 grams of protein per day.
#3: Metabolism Mistake: Eating Less to Lose Weight
Yes, cutting calories is key but your body has a unique ‘comfort weight zone’ because we’re genetically primed to fight starvation. As you’re losing weight, your body tries to hang on to calories in order to keep you there.
The solution: Until your body stops sabotaging your weight-loss efforts, the most important thing you can do is load up on fruits and veggies because they’re packed with fiber which will keep you fuller longer. Load half your plate with produce at every meal and eat a salad with vinaigrette before or after dinner. The salad slows down your eating speed, giving anti-hunger hormones the 20 to 30 minutes they need to kick in so you feel full and eat less at your meal
#4: Metabolism Mistake: Not Washing Produce
Pesticides are not just insect killers, they’re also endocrine disruptors. Because the endocrine system controls metabolism, exposure to certain chemicals can increase appetite, stimulate fat cells, and cause a sluggish metabolism
The solution: Keep eating those fruits and veggies, but be diligent about washing everything, even “pre-washed” salad mixes and foods you won’t eat the rind of, such as cantaloupes and avocadoes.