Motivate your Metabolism

There was an article on yahoo today that described 5 ways to motivate your metabolism.  All 5 tips are great for the 17 Day Diet.  Here they are:

1. Go to Bed Earlier

A study in Finland looked at sets of identical twins and discovered that of each set of siblings, the twin who slept less and was under more stress had more visceral fat.

2. Eat More Protein

Your body needs protein to maintain lean muscle…….Researchers now recommend that women get an amount between 0.54 and 1 gram per pound of body weight. (If you want to lose weight, use your goal body weight as your guide.)

3. Go Organic When You Can Go Organic for Maximum Weight Loss

Canadian researchers report that dieters with the most organochlorines (pollutants from pesticides, which are stored in fat cells) experience a greater than normal dip in metabolism as they lose weight, perhaps because the toxins interfere with the energy-burning process. In other words, pesticides make it harder to lose pounds.

4. Get Up, Stand Up

Whether you sit or stand at work may play as big a role in your health and your waistline as your fitness routine. Missouri University researchers discovered that inactivity (4 hours or more) causes a near shutdown of an enzyme that controls fat and cholesterol metabolism, so you store more fat, rather than using it for energy, all day long. To keep this enzyme active and increase your fat burning, break up long periods of downtime by standing up–for example, while talking on the phone.

5. Drink Cold Water

German researchers found that drinking 6 cups of cold water a day (that’s 48 ounces) can raise resting metabolism by about 50 calories daily–enough to shed 5 pounds in a year. The increase may come from the work it takes to heat the water to body temperature.

 

These are great tips to incorporate into your 17 Day Diet plan or just your everyday lifestyle.  Remember, healthy habits reap healthy rewards.

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