Do you find yourself feeling sluggish on a daily basis?
Are you sick of feeling lethargic and tired but still not sleeping?
Your metabolism can be affecting your lifestyle. Find out what type of ‘metaboliser’ you are and start adjusting your diet and lifestyle to kickstart it again.
What is metabolism?
Metabolism or metabolic rate is the speed your body uses the food you eat for energy. Many of us think that we are stuck with a slow metabolism, and worry that it slows down as we get older.
Signs your metabolism has slowed down.
- Low body temperature.
- Feeling tired all the time.
- Gaining weight easily and difficulty losing weight.
- Hormonal signs.
- Your body is under stress.
What type of metaboliser are you?
Top Tip: We are all different and have different body types, it is important to tweak any health advice to suit your own needs and lifestyle.
There are 4 different types of metabolisers:
- Sedentary/inactive: You spend most of the day sitting down, whether your job requires you too or not. Symptoms can include insulin resistance such as: feeling tired, big appetite, brain fog and being overweight.
Try this: Teach your metabolism to burn fat again with a low carb diet.
- Avoid processed sugars such as sweets, candy, desserts, cake, biscuits. Also starchy food such as bread, rice, potatoes. All of these are hard to digest.
- Eat a portion of protein and healthy fat-containing food at each meal, such as nuts, seeds, coconut oil and avocados. These keep you going, plus eating fat gives your body the message to use fat for fuel instead of carbs!
- Stick to 3 regular meals a day and avoid snacking. Take 2 teaspoons of our Beauty Blend in a glass of water or in a smoothie to help curb your sugar cravings.
- Fast overnight - This does not mean starve yourself for 48 hours then binge eat for 12. Have at least 12 hours without eating every night. This means that if you eat dinner at 6pm, wait until after 6am the following morning before you have breakfast.
- Active: You are physically fit and train at the gym or even at home upto 5 times per week. But you suffer from colds, infections or feel run down more often.
Try this: Give your body more fuel to keep going by customising your carbs to your exercise level.
- If you have high-level goals, or you are performance training, think about what your sport/activity demands from your body – for high impact or high intensity training (anaerobic activities) you may need to introduce more starchy foods.
- A diet that is low in starchy, carbohydrate foods like grains and flours, these are great for aiding in weight loss, but to perform well in intense exercise, carefully chosen carbohydrates will help keep your metabolism and immune system functioning well.
- Try introducing buckwheat or quinoa, sweet potato, celeriac, swede, and parsnips into your diet e.g. a portion for lunch in advance of an afternoon session, and another with your evening meal to refuel after exercise.
- Skinny: Are you a lifelong dieter, you have not even touched or eaten carbs for so long, you eat very little and do not do much exercise because you have low energy. You seem to feel the cold more than other people.
Try this: Kick your metabolism into action with regular nourishing meals and more exercise.
- Eat more and move more! Eating and exercise increase your thermal rate, which also improves your metabolism. Begin with 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. Plus some exercise that you enjoy at least 4 times per week such as walking, running, bouncing on a trampoline, yoga, etc.
- Eat 1 tbsp coconut oil every day – the type of fat is in the family of MCT oils (medium chain triglycerides) this oil is used quickly and easily in your body for a burst of energy and not stored as fat.
- Hormonal: Your hormones are completely out of sync, your hands and feet are always cold, your periods are all over the place and you put on weight too easily.
Try this: Help your hormonal balance by reducing stress on your body and support your thyroid gland, which controls your body’s metabolic rate.
- Reduce caffeine, alcohol, and sugary foods, which cause spikes and dips in blood sugar levels and push your body into a state of stress. Substitute your morning frothy coffee for a dose of our Beauty Blend. We use Guarana, which is nature’s caffeine source, as one the 10 ingredients blended together to create our super smooth and versatile product.
- Get some support at work or at home to improve situations that are making you feel stressed. This could be a chat to your boss or switching to online grocery shopping, just think about what could make your life easier and do it Beauty!
- Reduce your intake of foods that are famous for causing irritation and sensitivities (get to know your own body) in the digestive system, this includes gluten-containing grains like wheat, barley, rye and oats, plus dairy products, additives in processed foods and pesticides from non-organic food. Try to go for the natural and organic, whole foods as much as possible.
- Eat more foods containing iodine such as seaweed, and choose natural sea salt to season your food. Iodine nourishes your thyroid gland which contributes to your metabolism. Get lots of sleep, your sleep (or circadian) rhythm regulates your hormones and your energy burning capacity. Try to be asleep before 22.30 each night and aim for 8 hours per night – a great tactic is to start getting ready for bed an hour before you are aiming to be asleep, this will help you relax and hopefully stop the ‘counting how many hours you will get if you fall asleep now’ happening.
Love OMG x