Lose Your Baby Weight – Part IV
If you’re just joining me, I’ve discussed many tips on what to eat & when, how much water you should be drinking every day (it’s more than you think!), & my last article covered metabolism & how to increase yours. Today I’m going to talk about some myths regarding metabolism that you may be familiar with.
5 Myths About Metabolism
1. Your metabolic rate is what it is & you can’t change it. Not true! Your metabolism may be a little bit more sluggish than someone else’s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some things to speed it up. As I discussed in my article on metabolism, you need to eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism going at a steady pace (so your body doesn’t go into starvation mode & hold on to all of your fat), you can eat more protein (which will increase your energy for a longer period of time so you’re not reaching for a bag of chips in an hour), & of course you can exercise. Any amount of additional movement on your part will help get your metabolism up & your weight down.
2. As you age your metabolism slows down & there’s no way to increase it. This is false, just like #1. Yes, it’s true that our metabolism slows down as we age. We just have to work a little bit harder to increase it than we used to. That’s ok! Focus on the positive & start giving your metabolism the boost it needs. Eating often, eating protein, & exercising will all work to raise your metabolism & help you lose weight.
3. Eating grapefruit will speed up your metabolism. Sorry ladies, but it’s not going to happen. Grapefruit is fine to eat, but it doesn’t have any special qualities to boost your metabolism so you lose weight faster. Feel free to enjoy your grapefruit, but don’t expect miraculous weight loss from it.
4. If you can’t work out for at least an hour each day, you’re not raising your metabolism enough to do any good. This couldn’t be further from the truth! If you can manage 30 minutes of exercise each day, you will definitely raise your metabolism which burns more calories, & in turn, results in losing that baby weight. You don’t even have to exercise for 30 minutes at a time. You can break it up into 3 10-minute sessions throughout the day. Any by exercise I’m not talking about lifting weights or doing aerobics. Walk, climb the stairs, swim, dance. These are all activities that you can do with your baby, so no more excuses. Get moving!
5. Supplements are the only way to increase your metabolism. Definitely wrong. Yes, there are supplements with herbs & caffeine that can elevate your metabolism, but as I’ve discussed, eating the right foods (lots of protein) & exercising will also help. You can do any 1 of these things to have a higher metabolic rate, but obviously the more of them you do, the faster you’ll lose weight.
I hope I’ve cleared up some misconceptions you may have had about your metabolism. Now it’s time to get your body moving to get your metabolism going so you can lose weight! Next time I’ll discuss carbs & how to choose the healthy ones to eat, & which ones to avoid. Until then, keep up the good work in losing your baby weight!
Jodi is a personal wellness coach who is also a new mother. She also struggled to lose her baby weight. Please visit Jodi’s site at http://www.loseyourbabyweightnow.com to learn more.