Justin from Colorado Writes:
Weight gain has been my hurdle for the last year. For some reason I seem to gain weight even though I am living a healthy lifestyle. My energy levels have dropped, I don’t sleep that well, and I have developed the spare tire that everyone keeps talking about. I am only 36, what do you think could be the issue?
Your dilemma is one that is leading the way in America today. Our metabolism has been disrupted due to a challenging environment, sedentary choices, and a diminishing quality food supply. Even though you seem to be making healthy choices, those choices could be leading you down the wrong path for your health and lifestyle goals. When it comes to having a metabolism that will keep your hormones working effectively and maintaining a healthy weight, there are some basics that you must understand and apply. The first step is to follow the basic rules for keeping the metabolism working in its most efficient manner possible.
1.Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast
We have always heard to never skip breakfast. It’s true. A protein –rich breakfast will keep the metabolism accelerated and help the body have the fuel it needs to support our hormones for the day.
It is always great to have a good exercise routine. Work out consistently 5-6 days a week for at least 10-15 minutes a day. If you start early, some studies suggest that it can push the metabolism to be stimulated in a greater way throughout the day.
There is a hormone disruptor called BPA (bisphenol-A). This is in most of the plastic bottles and containers that we use on a daily basis. Many studies have shown that this will affect our hormones and metabolism in a negative way.
4.Get Your Labs Done
There is power in the blood. Have your doctor check your lab work every 6 months to make sure all of your numbers are where they should be. For example, a thyroid that is not working properly is enough to cause the metabolism to come to a grinding halt.
5.Drink More Water
Hydration is key for a healthy metabolism. The goal is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water daily. You can factor in your herbal teas as well.
Sleep is our own natural pharmacy. When we sleep well, everything in our body resets. Our hormones, cells, and systems renew for the next day. When we lose sleep, we lose the ability to have a great metabolism, healthy hormones, and proper energy levels. Make a goal for 7-9 hours per day. Also, for the optimal circadian rhythm, get in bed before 11am