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Super charging your metabolism is a great way to keep the numbers on your scale moving DOWN

on April 4, 2013

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Your body’s metabolism determines how efficient it is at using the calories that you supply by eating. The more you know about how to keep it running in top form the better your choices are in your daily routine. Take a look at these suggestions of simple steps that can really increase your metabolism and power charge your weight loss plan!
*Always eat breakfast! Eating breakfast within an hour of waking, then eating every 2-4 hours jump-starts your metabolism and keeps it in high energy all day. Women who skip are 4 1/2 times more likely to be obese. Take Shape for Life must have known about that one.
*Drink coffee, tea or a Medifast Calorie Burner daily. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and is shown to increase your metabolism by 5-8%. Brewed tea up to 12%. That’s up to 175 calories a day!
*Eat your fiber. Aim for 25gms a day. It can increase your fat burning by as much as 30%.
*Drink your water cold. Making your body work harder in warming itself uses 50 extra calories. That adds up šŸ™‚
*Chose organic products. Pesticides can cause weight gain since pollutants are stored in the fat cells and lower metabolism.
*Always include protein in every meal. Your body uses protein to maintain muscle mass which increases metabolism. But also, when combined it slows down the rate that carbohydrates are broken down and enter the bloodstream. Medifast solves that problem too šŸ˜‰
*Spicing food is very beneficial. Cinnamon increases metabolism twenty fold with as little as 1/4 tsp per day.
*Skip the cocktails when trying to lose weight. Alcohol consumed will be used as an energy source instead of fat and really slows the metabolism down. Two martinis can reduce your fat burning ability by 73%. That gets in the way of your goals for sure!
*Make sure you take your vitamins! (Unless you are on the 5/1 since they are included in your Medifast meals) A lack of Calcium can slow metabolism, while 120mcg of Chromium daily will boost it.
*Exercise!! Regular aerobic activity and resistance training significantly increases metabolism and also builds muscle which raises your resting metabolism when you’re taking it easy too.
Try this one for a good supply of protein combined with carbohydrates. Since it includes 1 lean and only 1 green, add a serving of veggies(2 more greens) to increase your fiber intake. Use your last condiment to spice it up too! Wow, did your metabolism just take off?!
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
2.5 oz 93% lean ground beef, cooked (1/2 Lean)
1/2 cup 2% reduced fat Mexican Cheese (1/2 Lean)
1 cup low sodium beef broth (1 Condiment)
1 wedge Light Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow Cheese (1 Condiment)
1/2 cup diced tomatoes in juice – with less than 5 g of carbs per 1/2 cup (1 Green)
1 tsp Oscar Meyer turkey bacon bits

1)Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium high heat until cheese has melted.

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