Seven Easy Tricks for Metabolic Health

Written by Jamie, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

We’re dying to know the secrets to metabolism.  

But, guess what? There are no magical secrets, just common-sense ways we give ourselves a metabolic head-start. 

Here are seven tips to get you started:

1. Switch to smart calories 

Surprisingly, eating too little can slow metabolism to a snail’s pace. Burning fewer calories is the body’s way of conserving energy. 

Although you shouldn’t skip meals or go hungry, you do need to cut down to lose weight. Low glycemic, high protein (LGHP) eating — which should include Almased — enables you to eat more while weighing less. 

First, let go of high-calorie, low-nutrition, deep-fried, fatty and sugary foods. For most people, keeping unhealthy foods in the diet doesn't work well in the long run. Real change is needed to hang onto the good results you want.   

Stick with nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods that satisfy the appetite, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Protein sources can include seeds, nuts, lentils, and beans; lean meats; healthy fish; plus low-fat dairy and eggs.   

LGHP foods can have powerful effects on metabolism — all without the chore of counting calories!

2. Eat more protein and aminos 

Certain foods can increase our metabolism through something called the thermic effect of food (TEF). 

Protein gives us the biggest boost in TEF, increasing our metabolic rate by 15 to 30 percent. It also makes us feel fuller, which makes us less likely to overeat, too. 

The message for people who are looking to lose weight is that if you’re going to cut calories, don’t reduce your protein intake. 

Eating more protein can keep your resting metabolism humming, which can help you both lose weight and keep it off afterwards. 

Plus, when we’re trying to lose fat, protein helps us keep our metabolism primed so we can hold onto that lean muscle mass. 

Making sure that we’re getting high-quality amino acids, the building blocks of protein, is just as important.

3. Drink more cold water 

Drinking more water is a great idea, partly because we’re then downing H2O versus all kinds of carbonated sodas and sugar-jacked juices. 

In fact, drinking an extra 17 ounces (about 2 cups) of cool, fresh water each day also boosts our metabolism by 10 to 30 percent for up to one hour.  

And drinking water 30 minutes before a meal helps us feel more full, too, so we can eat less.

4. Take a walk 

If you’re not into pumping iron, start with a short walk and work up to a lengthier stroll. The basic formula is 30 minutes, 3–5 times per week. 

Surprising recommendation? Don’t over-exercise.  

Excessive or extreme exercise increases cortisol and stress. The repeated elevation of cortisol can, perhaps ironically, lead to weight gain and visceral fat storage. 

5. Drink more tea 

It’s hard to come up with an easier addition to our metabolic health program than drinking more tea but, yes green tea and oolong tea improve metabolism. In fact, they can increase fat burning by up to 17 percent and help with overall weight loss. 

6. Stress Less 

According to Psychology Today, chronic stress and body fat are part of a feedback loop that slows metabolism. 

So, reduce stress by taking a walk in nature, regular meditation, deep breathing, chat with a friend, read a good book, take a nap. You know what works for you, just be sure to do it!

7. Sleep more 

Speaking of stress reduction, a big part of that is getting all the sleep you need. Poor quality and insufficient sleep can mess with hunger hormones, and scientific evidence shows that poor sleep contributes to obesity. 

But it’s even more than that. Lack of quality sleep interferes with metabolic functioning and raises the risk of disease. It doesn’t take long, either. 

One study revealed that even a single night of partial sleep deprivation increased insulin sensitivity in healthy subjects. 

The good news is that losing weight can help you sleep better.  

Enter Almased  

The scientifically-proven Almased Diet has now helped hundreds of thousands of people get healthier.  

In fact, every serving of smart-calorie Almased is bursting with 27 grams of high-quality protein and all of the essential amino acids, in addition to vitamins and minerals. Almased is made from non-GMO soy, yogurt, and enzyme-rich honey.   

The open secret is that science-backed Almased is a cellular-health powerhouse that supports metabolism, healthy blood sugar and sustainable weight loss. 

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