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If you’re planning to lose weight, use a plan with three meals and two snacks every day. These are small meals and small snacks, so don’t use the regimen as a way to eat a lot.
Here are tips to make between-meal nibbles work for you:
• TIME SNACKS RIGHT: Snacks work best 21/2 to 41/2 hours after a meal. That’s when blood-sugar levels dip and you start feeling hungry.
• KEEP IT SNACK SIZE: Your snacks should be in the 100- to 200-calorie range. That’s enough to tide you over between meals, but it’s not so much that your snack becomes a meal.
• CHANGE YOUR SNACK: Keep snacks healthful, and you’ll be less likely to lose control and overdo it. Slowly digested protein and fiber — a pear and nuts or whole-grain crackers with hummus — will keep your blood sugar on an even keel and your appetite in check.
Do You know the reason you have friends that can eat what they want and not gain a pound? People that fall into this category are examples of people blessed with fast metabolisms.
WHAT IS YOUR METABOLISM? Simply put, your metabolism is responsible for converting food you consume into fuel and energy for the body to use. Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your metabolism converts food into fuel and energy for your body. As we all age, our metabolisms begin to slow down. This Decline starts around the age of 30 and really dips after 40 if you don’t do something about it.
The Cool thing is, the faster your metabolism is the faster your cycle of food is.
This means Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats, everything is made available to the body for use faster. The faster nutrients are made available, the faster you’ll recover from exercise and the faster the waste will be expelled from the body. Including Body fat!
So here are the two main ways to boost and keep your Metabolism running efficiently.
TWO MAIN WAYS TO BOOST A SLOW METABOLISM:
#1 Vigorous Exercise is key to speeding up your body’s conversion of food to fuel and energy. As you wear down the body’s nervous system with hardcore exercise, nutrients are called in to fuel the rebuilding of your strength for future bouts.This rebuilding takes days all the while the metabolism is elevated while it cycles nutrients in to fuel your recovery.
The effects of vigorous weight training are known to keep the metabolism elevated for up to 36 hours after exercise.
#2 The Thermic Effect of Feeding is the effect eating has on your metabolism, and every time you consume food it has to be metabolized. This process of course raises the metabolism, but the trick here is to pick foods that cause the metabolism to run the highest.
Protein causes your metabolism to speed up much more than carbohydrates and fats. This is why you should aspire to consume protein in every meal.
Fibrous carbs are also great for getting your metabolism up because they have little caloric value and can’t be digested so the metabolism heats up trying to.
The Thermic effect of feeding is the reason its advised to eat small frequent meals.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
Combine Exercise that gets your metabolic rate going with the Thermic effects of small frequent feedings and you too will see an increased Ability to Burn Fat!
Chris [at] ChrisFitnessWeb.com
Can you get the weight off and keep it off?