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I jump-started my health and fitness regimen in my late 20s/early 30s. During that time, my metabolism was in high gear, I lost weight, and I was in the best shape of my life. But over the years I noticed a change. I approach my workouts with the same intensity, but did not achieve the results that I was used to seeing. What was happening?
One of the main purposes of metabolism is to store and use energy. However, after 40, our metabolism slows down. The main contributors are that we are not as active as we used to be and we may not be eating enough of the right foods and taking in the proper amount of nutrients. That is why we need to be mindful and do all we can to ensure that we boost our metabolism after 40. Here are some ideas you can start doing now:
Be selective with your food
At this point, you need to be as discerning as possible in choosing the foods that you eat. This will determine how quickly or slowly your metabolism will work. Shy away from bad carbs such as sugars and “white” grains. When you do have carbs, have the right ones such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans. Eating the right combination will speed your metabolism.
Add good food sources into your diet
While you are deleting negative food sources from your diet that will slow down your metabolism, you should consider adding positive sources as well. Items such as green tea and apple cider vinegar can play a role in increasing your metabolism. Consider a new fruit or vegetable. You never know what will work for you unless you try adding it into your diet.
Drink a good amount of cold water in order to increasing the calorie burning process with metabolism. Additionally, water acts as a great appetite suppressant. So, begin each day with a large glass and drink icy water throughout the day.
If your normal form of exercise is Yoga, amp it up a bit and try Hot Yoga or a Yoga Bootcamp class. If you take a leisurely stroll, consider taking a different path such as a more hilly road or even begin to power walk in between your causal walking. Begin to incorporate weights into your workout routine. The extra exertion on your muscles will increase your metabolism as those muscles now have to work a little harder. Raising your heart rate and building muscle will help to get that metabolism jump-started.
By changing your dietary habits and omitting some negative ones, as well as adding some beneficial food sources and incorporating different types of exercise routines, you will see the beginnings of a whole new you and a boost in your metabolism.
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