Metabolism is the system that converts what you eat and drink into energy. At any time this can speed up and slow down, especially during the holidays, when we tend to eat more and move a bit less. So how can you signal to your body that food is plentiful, times are good and you are ready to speed up and burn fat?
Eat healthy fats
Dark chocolate, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts-walnuts, flax seeds fish-salmon, olives and soybeans. These high-fat foods are actually incredibly healthy and nutritious.
Eat small meals every 3-4 hours
Eating every 3-4 hours can help you develop a great relatioship with food and keep you burning fat for hours.
Drink 2-3 liters of water a day
After drinking 2 glasses of water, metabolism speed up 30% within 10 minutes and reaches a maximum boost after 30-40 minutes. Remember to drink enough water before, during and after doing yoga as you sweat.
Sleep 8 hours
Sleep helps the body perform at its best all day long. Sleep deprivation signals your metabolism to slow down, use less energy, and causes many to binge later in the day (or fall asleep during savasana 😁). Sleeping your way to slim works, trust us!
Avoid restrictive diets
Avoid diets that are under 1350-1500 calories a day, especially for women depending on height.
Eat more to lose weight
Extreme calorie restriction wrecks lasting weight loss efforts as your body compensates by slowing down your metabolism and conserves calories for survival.
The race to speed up metabolism is really about working with your body and understanding that everything it does in your best interest, including storing fat to burn it later. Yoga may also be an effective tool to help you speed up your metabolism and lose weight, especially the more active forms of yoga like Power Yoga.