Sunday, March 23, 2008

10 Best Metabolism-Hyping Tips

  1. Water, water, water. Hydrate yourself with water to encourage optimal bodily function and speed up the metabolism.
  2. Eat a palm-sized serving of protein along with complex carbohydrates every 2-3 hours. That means six meals a day not three squares.
  3. Burn fat efficiently by adding essential fatty acids like flaxseed and unsaturated oils to the diet.
  4. Fiber fills you up, sustaining you for longer than foods without it. Certain foods like flaxseed, wheat germ and bran stimulate lazy bowels.
  5. Vitamins and minerals complement a clean diet, protecting against deficiencies and boosting the immune system.
  6. Don't go past the point of hunger. Skipping a meal triggers a starvation response in the metabolism, making it slow down. Eating clean foods frequently sustains a highly charged metabolic rate.
  7. Each meal should include a 4 or 5 ounce portion of lean protein from chicken, turkey, egg whites, pork tenderloin or white fish sources.
  8. Sugar is the white poison, sending the metabolism into a slow tailspin. All simple sugars - refined sugars - must be avoided to keep the metabolism burning quickly.
  9. Complex carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables satisfy the needs of an active body. Each meal should include generous servings.
  10. Certain foods have a high glycemic index. This means they induce a similar negative effect on metabolism to eating sugar. Rice cakes, carrots, potatoes and fruit juices have a high glycemic index and should be consumed in moderation.

~Information was obtained from The Eat-Clean Diet Book by Tosca Reno

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