Metabolism is indeed linked to weight and metabolism plays a major role in weight loss. Weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you consume. Losing weight in a healthy way involves making permanent lifestyle changes that work for the long-term.
After losing weight, your metabolism naturally slows down and this is true for almost all diet programs. When you cut back on calories you tend to lose lean muscle which is not good for your metabolism. Fortunately, when you lose weight on the HCG Diet, it doesn’t take your lean muscle with it. It will increase your lean muscle mass and enhance your metabolism too. But how do you keep your metabolism up after the diet?
Here are few simple diet tips that will help you boost your metabolism after the HCG Diet is over
- Don’t skip your meals – The more often you eat, the higher your metabolism spikes. So, if you eat 3 meals a day of 300 to 400 calories per meal in addition to 2 more snacks with 200 to 300 calories each, your metabolism stays boosted. Start by having a protein in every meal. For your snack, have almonds, legumes, and avocados as they are rich in protein. Also, eating a healthy breakfast can help boost your metabolism.
- Exercise– Exercise can help prevent your natural metabolism from slowing down. Exercise at least 30 minutes 3 to 5 times per week. Exercise before bedtime as this can boost metabolism while you sleep. When you work for a long time in front of your computer, do some stretching, or taking a walk around the office or house every hour to get your body moving and metabolism working. You can also amp your exercise by getting some high-intensity workout.
- Stay calm– Stress can cause your metabolic rate to slow down so stay calm at all times. Stress can make it difficult for you to fall asleep. This disruption can affect the production of the cortisol hormone, which can affect your metabolism and eating habits pattern.
- Get enough magnesium and B vitamins in your diet– B vitamins and magnesium are metabolism boosters. B vitamins can process proteins, fats, and carbs. Magnesium, on the other hand, is essential for metabolism and energy production.
- Get plenty of rest– Lack of sleep can alter the glucose metabolism and the hormones involved in regulating metabolism. Losing just one night of sleep could affect your metabolism and impact your weight. Lack of sleep can also trigger your appetite which will then increase your hunger.
- Fuel up with water– Your metabolism slows down when you are dehydrated. So, fuel up with water. Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to burn more calories. Also, eat fresh fruits and veggies as they naturally contain water.
- Spiced up your meals– Spicy foods contain natural chemicals that can rev up your metabolic rate. Eating foods at every meal can help you maintain your weight by getting your metabolism going.