Muffin top or maybe noticing weight sort of …“moving around”?
For most people a slowing metabolism is a natural result of age, hormonal imbalance, poor diet, lack of sleep, or lack of exercise. Don’t be fooled by sales and marketing- there isn’t a magic supplement or a special cleanse.
Top of my list?
Eliminate trans fats they lead to insulin resistance and inflammation with negative effects on metabolism. Skip as many fried and highly processed foods as possible.
Eat lean protein. Diets higher in protein help preserve lean body mass – the best fat-burner of all. The recommended types are those anti-inflammatory lean protein sources like lean meats, wild fish, organic eggs, whey protein, and others.
Drink green tea. Grean tea mildly boosts metabolism by increasing thermogenesis, fat oxidation and energy expenditure. Green tea contains a high concentration of polyphenolic compounds known as catechins, with epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCg). Studies have examined the preventive effects of green tea and EGCG against the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, obesity, insulin resistance, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. EGCg may also prevent sugar from being stored as fat in fat cells by acting on insulin.
Include omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have been found to balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation, both which are related to metabolism. Omega -3s also lower resistance to the hormone leptin, which is linked to fat burning.
Get enough sleep. Sleep is an important modulator of neuroendocrine function and glucose metabolism. Chronic loss of sleep alters endocrine functions, glucose and insulin sensitivity, release of cortisol and the appetite controlling hormones ghrelin and leptin.
Eat the last meal of the day 3-4 hours prior to rest– it matters. Going to bed on an full tummy signals caloric burning to slow down- promoting storage of any excess calories consumed.
You don’t have to settle. Your metabolism is unique and the strategy to boost yours will be completely unique as well. Part of my job is to help you to determine what diet and nutrition therapies might be most effective for you. http://kyoungnutrition.com/schedule-now/
Kimberly Young, M.S. is a practicing Nutritionist in Dallas, Texas. Learn about her integrative and functional approach to diet and nutrition at kyoungnutrition.com