Have a young family and struggling to lose weight? If so, there could be a good reason why.
Many of us here in the west wait until we hit our 30s to start having children – and there are plenty of factors involved in the decision – and for the most part, they are positive. But biologically, things are a little different. Once you reach your fourth decade of life, your metabolism starts to drop by a significant amount.
Throw in the pressures and time constraints of having young children to look after, and you can instantly see why many women struggle to lose the weight they gain during this period. But there are a few things you can do to increase your metabolism,. And at the same time help yourself lose weight faster. We’re going to take a look at some of the best methods right now, so read on to find out more.
Positive eating habits
We all know that we need to burn more calories than we consume to lose weight. However, it’s not a simple ‘in’ and ‘out’ equation. You need a set amount of calories and types of foodstuff to keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders; otherwise, your body will start consuming muscle for energy, instead of fat. The amount of calories you need will depend on your weight and size, but as a rule, you should eat enough to keep you from feeling hungry – but no more – if you want to keep your metabolism buzzing.
The big breakfast
When you break your fast in the morning, you aren’t just filling your stomach. In fact, you also set out your body’s agenda for the rest of the day. A good breakfast helps your metabolism start firing and should keep you going well into the day. Plus, it’s worth pointing out that you should never, ever skip breakfast – even when you don’t feel like it. According to research, people who miss their first – and most important – meal of the day will be 4.5 times more likely to be obese.
Reset the hypothalamus
The hypothalamus is a part of the brain that is responsible for all kinds of things, including regulating your appetite and setting your metabolism. Some people use HCG to help them ‘reset’ their hypothalamus. There’s a ton of information out there on how the HCG hormone works to do this so it might be worth taking a look. According to research, repopulating your gut with good bacteria – from different types of yogurts, for example – is also an important tool in resetting the hypothalamus.
Rack up the protein
Finally, despite what you might hear, you should never be afraid of protein. Building muscle helps you boost metabolism and burn fat. And protein is the building block of muscle. Therefore, if you want to get a lot out of your exercises, make sure you are consuming plenty of protein-rich foods, too. Lean meat, nuts, and low-fat yogurts are all ideal when you are going through any kind of exercise regime. You’ll find that you boost your metabolism, build muscle, and burn fat simultaneously.