11 April 2012

Time Off From Water Fasting: 7 Ways to Increase Metabolism and Lose Weight Fast

I just passed 16 days of water fasting. 24 days to go and I don't want to call it quits yet, but I decided to take a short break from water fasting. A week, like that?

Water fasting help me break some of my bad eating habits. I learn a lot about self control and self discipline through water fasting and most importantly, water fasting provide me spiritual renewal. Maybe I am just desperate to lose weight fast, and poor result this week take me to another decision to take time off from water fasting.

If you're trying to lose weight fast, increasing your metabolic rate can enable you to burns more calories even when you are at rest. In contrary, your metabolism definitely slows down during water fasting because your body has less work to do.

You also cannot workout hard during water fasting because your body is in a state of weakness. So, I switch my plan this week to do partial fasting instead. For the next 6 days, I'll be eating salads and drinking nothing but water. With that plan I have at least plenty energy to do workout.

How to boost  your metabolism to a higher rate and burn more calories? Mary Shomon, the author of many patient-oriented health books and educational materials, including The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss teach you 7 ways to increase metabolism and lose weight fast.

1. Make sure you eat breakfast
 If you don't eat breakfast, you slow down your metabolism and send the body into "hoard mode," thinking it's starving because you're going a long period of time frequently 8 to 10 hours or more, without food.

2. Eat the majority of your food earlier in the day
Dinner should be your lightest meal, and some experts recommend you don't anything after 8 p.m., or any later than 3 to 4 hours before bedtime. This helps your body process and burn the food when you're aware and moving around and burning more calories per hour.

3. Eat smaller meals more frequently
Smaller, more frequent meals keeps your blood sugar stable and provides a steady source of energy to fuel metabolism.

4. Get enough aerobic exercise
As much as you can is really a help for your metabolism, and if you do it in the morning, you'll raise your metabolism all day.

5. Build muscle with weight training or resistance exercise
At least two to three times a week, you should add weight training or progressive resistance exercise that builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest.

6. Water, water, water!!
You've heard it before, but drink those 8 8-ounce glasses of water every day. The energy burning process of metabolism needs water to work effectively.

7. Get enough B vitamins
Among supplements, if you are suffering from flagging energy, you need to make sure that you are getting enough B vitamins. Vitamin B-12 in particular is one that is essential for energy. To ensure you're getting enough B vitamins, consider taking a B complex, plus a separate sublingual B-12.

According to Netdoctor,Vitamins B6 and B12 help the body to use folic acid and are vital nutrients in a range of activities, such as cell repair, digestion, the production of energy and in the immune system. Vitamin B12 is also needed for the breakdown of fat and carbohydrate.The best dietary sources of the B vitamins, especially B12, are:
  • animal products (meat, poultry) 
  • yeast extracts (brewers' yeast, Marmite)
Other good sources include:
  • asparagus, broccoli, spinach, bananas, potatoes 
  • dried apricots, dates and figs 
  • milk, eggs, cheese, yoghurt 
  • nuts and pulses 
  • fish 
  • brown rice, wheat germ, wholegrain cereals. 

Dietary sources of vitamin B6 are similar to those for vitamin B12 and also include
  • avocado
  • herring
  • salmon
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts

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