You’ve heard it said before — “she can eat anything, she’s got a fast metabolism” or “it doesn’t matter what I eat, I still gain because of my slow metabolism.” When you can learn to master metabolism you can start winning the weight loss battle. So let’s learn about metabolism and how you can make it work for you.
Even though in reality metabolism is the total of all the chemical reactions in your body, the most popular description is how fast or slow you burn calories. By understanding what controls your appetite and your metabolism you can start seeing real success in reaching your weight loss goals. It’s really not as simple as eat less, exercise more for everyone. What you eat, when you eat, stress levels — all of these things contribute to how effectively your metabolism works.
There are a lot of complicated processes that go on inside your body that instruct you when to eat and when to stop eating. If everything was working properly you’d easily be able to stop eating when you got full. But because of modern day eating habits your appetitie control system can easily be out of balance.
Focusing on the kinds of food you eat will help get your appetite control and your metabolism functioning properly. For starters you need to start eating as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible. There’s so many nasty things in processed foods that hijack your metabolism and make you unhealthy in general.
Now I know what you’re probably thinking. That’s great if you live on a farm but c’mon, I have to buy my groceries at the supermarket! You can still work on making choices that include as many whole foods as possible. Think whole fruits and vegetables rather than canned; whole grains instead of processed; more beans and legumes and less fried and salted choices.
Eat more high fiber foods. It takes longer to digest high fiber foods, making your body work harder and burn more calories. This slower rate of digestion will also keep you feeling fuller longer. High fiber foods also cause blood sugar levels to remain more constant which, in turn, helps with appetite control.
Avoid sugar! Do you know that studies show the average person consumes nearly 1/2 pound of sugar every day! Just think about the person that is above average! Eating sugar creates a vicious cycle of craving more sugar, really messes up your insulin levels and contributes to weight gain.
Be on the lookout for sugar added in places you’d never think of. Besides the usual places like breakfast cereals, sugar has been added to foods like breads, salad dressings, crackers, soups, dips, etc. Learn to read labels and look for added sugar in its many forms — corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, maltose, dextrose, fructose — just to name a few. And the same goes for artificial sweeteners. They aren’t any better and it’s believed they actually contribute to sugar cravings.
Now you know a little more about what to eat, learn more about how to eat in Master Metabolism, part 2.