Kickstarting Your Metabolism After Your Weight Loss Has Slowed To A Halt
Sometimes weight loss comes easily - after just a few weeks of dieting you hit your target weight. Other times, shedding those pesky extra pounds seems almost impossible. The chances are that when you first started watching what you ate and how much exercise you did, the weight just dropped off but now it’s slowed to a standstill, and it seems like whatever you do, you just can’t seem to get those extra pounds to drop off. Has your metabolism stopped working altogether - what is going on?
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to get your metabolism and weight loss going again so that you can wave goodbye to those last few pounds for good. To kickstart your metabolism (and weight loss), take note of these hacks and give them a try.
Shock your system
Some studies have suggested that the reason our metabolisms tend to slow down after dieting for a while is because they readjust to what we are eating. Now, what this means is to get your metabolism working faster again, you need to shock your system. So, whatever it is you have been eating, stop eating it and switch up your meal plans. The more changes you can implement, the better. Incorporating meals that contain lots of spice could be worth trying as studies have also shown that chilies can give metabolisms a boost. The same goes for protein - the more protein you can eat, the better. Another option could be to swap to a meal plan created by a specialist company, such as Nutrisystem, for instance. A fitness company reviewed Nutrisystem and found it to be an effective method of weight loss due to its combination of healthy, portion controlled meals and exercise plans. So trying an option like this could be worthwhile.
Rev up your workout
How do you typically workout? Whatever workout methods you use, it’s time to change them up. Like your metabolism gets used to what you eat, your body gets used to how you exercise. So if you want to see weight loss results, you need to change things up every so often. A great way to rev up your workout is by implementing interval training into it because interval training burns more calories and sees better results than regular workouts. How does interval training work? The basic concept is that for every five minutes that you jog, one of those minutes you sprint. Or, for every ten minutes you cycle, for two of those minutes, you put your bike into a higher gear and pedal as fast as possible. There are classes that you can attend at the gym or pool that offer HIIT - high-intensity interval training. There are also apps that you can use to interval train. This is a great method of burning more calories, increasing your metabolism, and losing more weight, while improving your fitness levels.
Become a fidgeter
Did you know that people that constantly fidget, whether that’s drumming their fingers on the desk or tapping their foot, burn an extra 500 calories a day? That’s a lot of calories to burn simply for making one small movement, don’t you think? The best thing about this is that by burning an extra 500 calories a day, which equates to 3500 calories per week, you will lose an extra pound per week. How great is that?
So there you have it, a guide to kickstarting your metabolism after it’s slowed your weight loss to a halt.