It seems like everyone around you is losing weight, but you just can’t seem to drop those extra pounds. You exercise, diet and count calories, but your weight loss plan is failing. How can you jump start your diet for fast weight loss? Eat more often and eat foods that will stimulate your metabolism.
Kick your metabolism in to high gear by keeping your diet simple. Too many choices can lead to over eating because you want to try all the different flavors. Stick with a few foods and recipes that you like and that are low in fat, but high in nutrients. Cook at home and eat raw vegetables often.
Eat more frequently. Instead of eating three large meals every day, eat six small meals. Your metabolism will slow down when hours pass between meals. Eating small meals more frequently will stimulate your metabolism so that you burn fat all day long. Healthy snacks throughout the day will also keep you from feeling hungry so that you eat less at dinner time. Add spices to your food. Spicy foods can stimulate your metabolism by as much as 20 percent or more. Red pepper and chili peppers added to foods increase flavor to your diet. Eat more protein at meal times. Protein stimulates your metabolism because it takes twice as many calories to digest protein as it does to digest carbohydrates and fats. Add some low fat, lean meats, fish, nuts, beans and eggs to your diet.
Overestimate your caloric intake when selecting foods for your diet. Try keeping a food diary. List every food that you eat (even snacks) for one week. A food diary will help you determine how many calories you are consuming daily and to stay committed to your weight loss plan.
Start a weight training fitness program designed to build muscle. You will burn fat as your build muscle, but you will also stimulate your metabolism. People who have more muscle have a higher metabolic rate than those with less muscle mass. Resistance training can help you build muscle fast, and aerobic exercise can help fire up your metabolism for faster weight loss. Walk, ride a bike or do some step aerobic exercise to help melt the pounds.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water every day. When the body does not have enough water, the metabolism will slow down. Drinking 8 glasses of water each day not only burns more calories, but also helps the body flush toxins from your system. Also, try to avoid sugary drinks and caffeinated drinks, which can lead to dehydration and slow your metabolism. Sugar, in particular, has a negative impact on your metabolism. Eliminating sugary foods and drinks from your diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your weight loss efforts.