During my annual physical last year, when I stepped on the scale and saw 180 pounds, I was in shock. Diabetes is prevalent in my family so I knew I had to make some changes right away. Besides not having enough energy, my appetite was out of control. I never ate breakfast and went to fast-food restaurants ever other day. One of my biggest problems was snacking heavily right before bedtime. Starvation and fad diets never worked for me. I decided if I was going to try to increase my metabolism, I would try to do it in a healthy manner. Eight months later I was 50 pounds lighter. Here were my steps to gaining energy, decreasing appetite and raising metabolism.
To raise metabolism, you must first get your body used to operating without unneeded calories. I am not suggesting cutting out any foods in doing this, but portioning has to be top priority. I would normally consume two pieces of chicken and a baked potato with butter for dinner. Instead I now eat one piece of chicken and a salad. Another example is, instead of eating four pieces of pizza for dinner, consider just one with a side of vegetables. This must be done for every meal.
Along with portioning, cut out extra fats. Oils, margarine and mayonnaise are not necessary for healthy eating. Instead, add spices and small amounts of other strong flavors like parmesan cheese to vegetables.
Eat small snacks through out the day. Good choices are a small cup of soup, piece of fruit or a few slices of a fresh, crunchy vegetable. This is the key to raising metabolism. Your body needs small portions of food, not huge meals, throughout the day to function most efficiently. Three-hundred calorie snacks four or five times a day can give you the energy you need. Your body uses the calories and with a little exercise your metabolism speeds up considerably.
Stay away from sodas or anything with high fructose corn syrup. In addition, most sodas contain caffeine, which can actually make you feel hungrier. Even diet sodas contain caffeine as well as sugar substitute. Both of these are known to cause overeating.Preparing your own low-calorie fruit drinks ensures that you know exactly what is going into your body.
Stop eating a full three hours before bedtime. You have to give your body time to digest food and completely eliminate it. If you eat right before going to bed, your body will struggle with trying to digest the food. If not given enough time you risk being constipated. Without proper elimination, you can forget speeding up metabolism.
Raising metabolism is aided by exercise. And exercise doesn't necessarily have to mean going to gym on a daily basis for hours on end. But doing an activity everyday that you do not normally do is necessary. For me It was walking my puppy to my mailbox, which is a full mile away. It was difficult at first. But by the time I had lost 20 pounds, I started power walking and eventually jogging to the mailbox.
All these steps work together to decrease appetite. Exercise naturally releases endorphins. which can lessen any pain or discomfort you may have when you first start exercising and give you a sense of happiness and well being. Incorporating a well-balanced diet, giving a body all the vitamins and minerals it needs, decreases appetite and helps eliminate cravings.