et’s admit this – the weight loss struggle is real. With breakthrough keto diets, liquid diets, PIYO workouts, aerial silk dance workouts, and others, the fitness world can get rather overwhelming. It can get frustrating to subject your body to the weighing scale, only to find the scale at a stagnant, nightmarish three-digit number. Being unhappy with your body can take a real toll on your mental health and confidence too. When you stand in front of the mirror, you should love what you see. Do not give up on your body just because you don’t see immediate results. If lack of quick results is turning you gloomy and anxious, it’s time to take a break and assess what’s going wrong. Our bodies are complex mechanisms and often, there’s more that goes on inside the bulky frame than you realize.
So, we’re going to give you some quick tips to throw your metabolism from fat-storing into an effective fat-burning mode!
1. Optimize Liver Function
When you pump your liver with toxins, alcohol, and other impure substances, you hamper its ability to function efficiently. One of the key reasons for a slower metabolism is an unhealthy liver. Cut out on the alcohol binge, swear to eliminate processed food and sweeteners, and we promise – your body will thank you for it! Your friends will understand if you sip a mojito instead of your routine Friday night whiskey. Try to cook organic food in olive oil and ensure your diet consists of grapes, blueberries, cranberries, nuts, beetroot juice, and herbal tea.
2. Rejuvenate Adrenal Glands
Located at the top of each kidney, your adrenal glands are instrumental in controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure, and help burn protein and fat. If you are undergoing immense stress, it majorly affects the functioning of your adrenal glands. ‘Adrenaline fatigue’ is real and can cause weight loss, depression, brain fog, and instill intense sugar cravings (1). In such a case, avoid processed food, sweeteners, and carbohydrates. Flush your diet with avocados, nuts, pumpkin and chia seeds, kelp, and try cooking your meals using Himalayan sea salt.
3. Ensure Thyroid Health
Situated in the neck, the large, ductless thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulate the growth and development of your body. It also controls the rate of metabolism; hence, the healthier your thyroid gland is, the faster you can burn fat. If your lifestyle is stressful, leading to poor sleep and lack of exercise, it can result in severe weight gain.
Therefore, avoid processed food, gluten, carbohydrates, and a high-sugar diet. Cook your meals in coconut oil and sea salt, and ensure you eat at least a dozen of fresh veggies and thyroid-boosting fermented fruits. Also, visit your doctor for a checkup and understand how to alter your lifestyle and diet to make your thyroid gland healthier.
4. Increase Muscle Mass
In the world of fitness and gym, for those who just start out, cardio is the easiest form of exercise that we take to. But one must ensure that their fitness routine has more strength training, for the more muscle one gains, the faster one’s metabolic processes become (2).Hence, your workout should incorporate strength training every alternate day. Additionally, for maximum muscle gain, up your intake of eggs, protein shakes, nuts, chickpeas, chicken, and lentils.
5. Get A Full Body Reset
Your body functions as a whole with toiling individual organs, which need to hit the reset button from time to time. One way to do this is to transform your diet and fitness routine. Remember, your body deserves to be worshipped as the temple that it really is. Take good care of your body overall, and your body will take care of you. Additionally, go for regular doctor checkups and get yourself a nutritionist who can create a diet plan that is specially tailored to your needs. Our bodies are different, which is why our diets need to include specific fruits and vegetables that make up for nutritional discrepancies.
We understand how challenging it is to stick to the New Year resolution of a fitter you. So, enjoy this cheat sheet and watch the weighing scale tip lower with your progress. The fitter you get, the happier we all are. It’s all about listening to your body instead of blindly following fitness and diet trends. We are all gifted with a different body type and we must care for the same by heeding basic healthy routines that will nourish our bodies in the long term.
So, get on the diet that you’ve printed out and pasted on your fridge, call up the gym buddy you’ve always ditched, and track your sleep cycle. Give yourself a solid 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, switch off the 24/7 buzzing cell phone, download those Fitness tracker apps, and transform your body into a well-functioning, healthy, efficient machine!