Expert advice: Is your metabolism working?

ONE of the main signs to see whether your metabolism is not working properly is an inability to lose weight, or if you try really hard you can lose some weight, but then it comes straight back on again as soon as you stop trying.

ONE of the main signs to see whether your metabolism is not working properly is an inability to lose weight, or if you try really hard you can lose some weight, but then it comes straight back on again as soon as you stop trying.

If the number on the scales doesn’t change despite trying every diet going, you may have a problem with your metabolism.

The best way to identify whether your metabolism is working is to check to see how you feel. Does the following apply to you:

Do you struggle to wake up in the morning?

Is sleeping a problem? (inability to fall asleep, or constant waking through the night)

Do you get energy slumps in the day?

Do you crave something sweet in the evening?

These are signs your metabolism isn’t working effectively and it needs to be corrected as soon as possible.

If your metabolism isn’t working properly then no diet or exercise programme will allow you to lose weight because your body simply won’t be burning enough fat. In fact trying to lose weight by dieting with a broken metabolism is probably the worst thing you can do.

The first thing to do is ensure your metabolism is running as well as it can. This can be done in three steps:

1. Detoxify: Remove toxic food from your diet.

2. Nourish: Eat good whole natural foods, get your body back in balance.

3. Regenerate: Exercise and restoration in equal measure.

All three are vital to ensure your metabolism starts working again so you can burn fat and get into shape. Once fixed, you will find losing fat much easier than before and you’ll need a lot less willpower too.

If you have to use a lot of mental energy on a calorie controlled diet, battling cravings, low energy, lack of motivation and your willpower, it’s a sure sign that it’s not supporting your metabolism and could be making things much worse.

So follow this nine step action plan to balance out your body and get things moving again:

1) Cut out ALL processed junk food, especially those high in sugar, caffeine, alcohol, wheat and dairy.

2) Buy the highest quality organic fruit, vegetables and meat you can find. Eating unhealthy animals makes you unhealthy.

3) Every meal should be a balance of protein, good fats and low GI carbohydrates (vegetables).

4) Breakfast should contain more protein than carbohydrates or fat (ditch the cereal!).

5) Eat more nutrient dense foods, which should allow you to go 4 to 6 hours between meals.

6) Get to bed by 10.30pm every night.

7) Engage in high-intensity exercise to increase your growth hormone levels.

8) Add more restoration activities such as swimming, yoga, joint mobility, massages. Aim to reduce as much stress as possible.

9) Include hormone boosting supplements such as magnesium, high-quality multi-vitamin, vitamin C, essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) and coconut oil in your diet.

Aim to cover as many of these as you can and see how much your health improves.

Dean Coulson is a health coach at www.assert-fitness.co.uk

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