So you’ve spent months and months following strict diets, counting every single calorie you put on your plate, and still you don’t see results. You haven’t lost weight – not a single ounce.
What’s going on here? Usually you can go to the doctor and a nutritionist will prescribe a different dietary regimen according to your needs. But it’s always a good idea to know what the underlying problem is and how you can take steps to fix it.
It’s possible that your metabolism changed for many different factors. Find out what they are in today’s article.
What is the metabolism?
You’ve heard about your metabolism over and over, especially how it helps determine how fast or slow you lose weight. Sometimes, however, people tend to use certain terms without knowing exactly what they are.
In the simplest words, your metabolism is a set of chemical reactions that help the body release energy and improve the function of your cells.
All of this is achieved through the dual processes of catabolism and anabolism, which are responsible for the following:
- Breathing and delivering oxygen to your cells
- Enhancing circulation
- Regulating your body temperature
- Allowing you to properly digest food and absorb nutrients
- Eliminating waste through urine and feces
As you can see, your metabolism is highly complex and incorporates some of the body’s most fundamental properties that, in turn, involve many different organs.
It can change over time, and be affected by external factors.
We’ll give you some more information below.
Why does your metabolism change?
Your metabolism will change through the years. While your genetic background determines whether you inherit a more active or slower metabolism, as you grow older your ability to lose weight as easily is lost.
Why is that?
- The year go by, and in the case of women for example, menopause causes your body to produce less estrogen and progesterone. All of this causes small changes.
- Changes in your metabolic rate and a decreased basal metabolism means that you require less energy to get through the day. Any extra that your body doesn’t need gets converted into stored fat.
- In addition to that, you also lose muscle mass, which further decreases your metabolic rate.
Maybe you come home tired, feeling like you haven’t stopped moving all day, but that’s not reflected in the figure you see in the mirror.
- Standing still, for example, doesn’t burn very much energy, nor does walking at a normal pace. You need to really get your heart rate going, accelerated to an appropriate and steady level (but not too high).
- That means you need aerobic exercise, which is good for the health of your heart because it keeps your metabolism active.
- If you lead a sedentary lifestyle or are only moderately active, your body adjusts to stable energy levels where you don’t actively gain weight, but you won’t be able to lose any extra pounds, either.
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The consumption of certain foods
Certain foods, when consumed on a regular basis, can alter the operation of your metabolism.
If your body is used to a certain type of food, such as sugars, saturated fats, refined flours, red meat, or processed foods, it can slow your basic cellular processes that we talked about in the beginning of this article.
How can you restart your metabolism?
Change your physical activity and your attitude
Have you noticed that your body looks different, and when it used to be easy to lose weight despite your most desperate attempts, you can’t lose a pound now?
- Don’t get discouraged. A lack of motivation can cause you to give in to negative emotions that end up impacting your health.
- Consider this a challenge. It’s a sign that now you need to work a little harder, and that with extra effort you’ll see the results you’re looking for.
- It’s important that you be able to count on the support of your family, friends, and the information that you receive from your doctor who can tell you what’s causing your inability to lose weight as easily.
Foods that you should add to your diet
- Never skip breakfast, and always start off your day with a glass of warm water and lemon juice.
- Eat artichokes
- Don’t forget foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish, nuts, and avocados
- Drink ginger tea
- Try sage tea
- Drink green tea
- Eat lean meats
- Make salads with lentils and green vegetables
- Hot peppers and chiles
- Brown rice
- Plain yogurt
Get plenty of aerobic exercise
It’s important that you take an hour each day to get some kind of aerobic activity. If you need to, in order to keep your promise to yourself and not put things off until tomorrow, try exercising with a friend.
You could try the following every day:
- Go walking in the morning
Choose anything that you want, as long as it forces your heart to work a little harder. In just a few weeks you’ll see how good you look and feel!