If you are one of those overweight individuals who still refer to themselves as big boned, then the odds are good that you also buy into the myth of the genetically predetermined sluggish metabolism. Granted, to a certain degree genetics do factor into the speed at which your metabolism run, but considering the actuality that you can be in charge of the boost in your own metabolism, this should never serve as an excuse why you cannot seem to lose weight. As a matter of fact, it all but does away with the concept that you are at the mercy of your hereditary composition and have no way of succeeding in shedding the extra pounds! Read on and learn some startling facts about your metabolism that put you in the driver’s seat of simple metabolic manipulations for losing weight.
* Change the way you see your metabolism. Common sense dictates that it is like a piece of well-oiled machinery that runs without ceasing from the day of your birth to the day of your death. Unfortunately, far too few dieters intent on losing weight harness the power of the metabolism, simply because they do not understand it. Instead of complaining about your sluggish metabolism, find out its quirks and intricacies.
* Keep a journal. Write down metabolic slumps. When do you get tired? When do you run out of steam? When does it appear that your body is running at peak performance? Get to know your metabolism, find out how it ticks, and then tally the results over the course of one to two weeks. Do not yet change anything in your diet or exercise regimen, but instead simply jot down your findings. Remember, before you can get down to metabolic manipulations for losing weight, you need to know what you are working with!
* List your caloric intake. No, do not write down how many calories something had, but instead focus on when you eat, what you eat – and drink – and what the rough composition of the food is. Is it more protein than carbs? Is it fatter than lean protein? How much cholesterol is in it?
* Tally your findings. Put together your findings and see how your metabolism is running, when the slumps and highs occur, and then correlate these to the foods that you are ingesting. Do experience a slump within an hour after eating a sugary snack, but in the 20 minutes directly following the ingestion of the sugar you actually experience a metabolic high? This makes sense, and shows you how your metabolism reacted to the sugar.
* Harness the power of your findings for metabolic manipulation. Ingest a smaller amount of sugary snack right before exercise and then commit to a vigorous exercise routine that takes you beyond the slump you expect in the hypothetic 30 minutes following the sugar intake. As your body initially burns carbohydrates, it will then switch to fat, which is when the weight loss occurs. Incidentally, the metabolic slumps also show when your metabolism needs help to get back on track, and modest exercise for a brief period of time at these very moments can result in a more efficiently running body that burns fat at a higher level and thus will result in a higher level weight loss.