3 Tips You Should Adopt To Get In "Wolverine" Shape
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CES--Level 1 Certified Precision Nutrition and Certified Personal Trainer
Do you find that you simply CAN’T lose weight? That everything you eat goes directly to your hips, butt, or thighs?
Do you feel zapped of energy? Or do you see NO CHANGES in your body, even though you bust your butt off at the gym?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you may have a problem with your metabolism.
But, fear not, if you adopt these three tricks, then you can “makeover” your metabolism – in as little as SEVEN days!
The Seven-Day Metabolism Guide
Although there are a lot of ways to jump-start your metabolism, there are many people who only do one or two things and expect miracles.
The truth is: There is a lot more than meets the eye when you’re trying to master your metabolism.
Things that you normally wouldn’t associate with a slow metabolism may really wreak havoc in your body, leaving your metabolism resembling a snail’s crawl.
But, if you change these few things, you may start to notice a change in your metabolism – in as little as seven days!
So what should you be focusing on?
1. Control Cortisol
Cortisol – often times labeled as the “stress hormone” – typically skyrockets when you’re exposed to a stressful situation (think fight or flight).
However, due to society as a whole being much busier, our fight-or-flight system may be overactive and constantly on alert.
This may spike your cortisol levels, which liberates carbs and fats to be used for quick energy.
However, there is a much bigger problem. Cortisol may also cause your body to store more abdominal fat – in the form of visceral fat – which could pose dangers, not only to your health, but to your metabolism as well.
Controlling your stress is one easy way to reduce your risk for an early death, but also to reduce the fat-storing effects of cortisol.
This could easily spike your metabolism, therefore improving overall weight loss.
But there are other ways you can reduce your cortisol levels. Adaptogen herbs may help restore and balance your body, plus lower your cortisol levels.
There are many different types of these herbs, but the most popular are some mushroom, rhodiolia, and ginseng. (You can find Rhodiolia right here)
Also, important to note, you should focus on a anti-inflammatory diet--one that is low in added sugars, but high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
This type of diet has been shown to be very effective for lowering cortisol and preventing fat storage.
2. Ditch the Sweet
The average person eats a lot of sugar during the year. And this could be doing some serious damage to your metabolism.
Not only does added sugar spike your blood sugar, but it causes your body to release insulin to combat those dangerous spikes.
This spike in insulin may easily lead to excess sugar – and calories – being stored as fat instead of being used by your body.
And this may be disastrous for your metabolism. Limit –or avoid – refined carbs, sweets, or processed foods as they typically contain boatloads of sugar.
Also, you should focus on keeping your carbs under 100 grams for the entire day. (I know it sounds low, but you'd be surprised to learn that you probably take in 3 to 4x that number in a day.
Replacing sugary, sweet foods with fruits and vegetables, not only cuts down on your calories, but it also cuts down on how much refined and added sugar you're taking in
You should also be looking at your food labels a little closer! You'd be surprised at how much sugar may be found in your favorite products.
Reading the labels helps you choose lower sugar options, which again, will enable you to cut back on your added and refined sugars.
One of my personal favorites is cutting out the sugar and focuses on more natural sweeteners or extracts. One of my favorites happens to be Stevia, which sweetens drinks and foods without adding the added calories you'd find with sugar.
3. Lift Those Weights
If you’re looking to maximize your time at the gym, you should do TWO things: HIIT and strength training.
Strength training helps to build lean muscle mass, which could push your metabolism in the right direction.
Plus, high-intensity interval training boosts your overall calorie burn, both during and after the workout.
The combination of the two could lead to preservation of your lean muscle mass, which in turn, spikes your metabolism.
Makeover YOUR Body
If you want to change your body, there are certain steps you need to take.
For starters, you need to eat the right foods and exercise, cut out all refined sugar, and control your stress.
If you can do these three things, then you may be able to change your metabolism and send it in the right direction.
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