We all know those people who can eat anything, i mean ANYTHING, and not gain weight. But I am not one of them...and I'm guessing you're not either. If you are like us and LOVE your BikiniBOD Ultimate Beauty Body Formula but also want to make healthier choices throughout the day that your metabolism will thank you for- this is for you. The good news is: there are some things we can all do on a daily basis to give our metabolism an extra kick in the right direction.
Protein is given too much breath in the health and fitness industry and you've probably found yourself wondering if you're consuming too much or not enough. We've found that as long as you are consuming your protein sources within a well-balanced diet, you're probably okay. That being said, throwing an extra scoop of peanut butter or vanilla flavored whey protein into smoothies, baked goods, oatmeal, etc. is a tasty and easy way to rev up that metabolism. Proteins help to keep you fuller longer and require more caloric energy to break down. So there's really no excuse- toss it in!
This is a controversial topic that can sometimes be confusing. What do I need to buy organic? Does it really make a difference? The answer is: buying organic definitely makes a difference when it comes to produce. When you are choosing your fruits and veggies, ALWAYS opt for the organic choices. The toxins that are often in non-organic produce tend to hinder our metabolisms and work against us.
Dairy often gets a bad rep for being fattening and/or full of sugar. But dairy is actually a great snack, as it contains HEALTHY fats, protein, and carbohydrates. One snack that we recommend is greek yogurt with berries and nuts. Talk about a well-rounded mini-meal! The Calcium that dairy provides will also help your body to metabolize fat more efficiently- something we could all use!
As women, we all have that 'time of the month' that inevitably leads to iron loss. While consuming iron consistently is beneficial for the diet, it is especially important during this time, as a loss of iron can be significantly detrimental to the metabolism. If your iron levels are low, your muscles are depleting in oxygen, thus making you weaker and more tired, negatively affecting your energy-burning capabilities. Some great sources of iron are: red meat, beans, leafy vegetables like spinach, iron fortified grains, and pumpkin seeds.
Meal times are a great opportunity for discussion, bonding, and family/friends that may often be limited by busy lifestyles. Use meal times effectively by turning off those distractions: put your phone on silent, shut down the TV, focus on the meal and the people whom you're sharing it with. This will allow you to be a more mindful eater, staying in tune with your hunger signals.
This is our favorite recommendation out of them all. Take some time out of your work day to watch or listen to something funny. Laughing is an easy way to increase energy expenditure without even thinking about it. Share this one with a coworker or friend and enjoy the benefits of laughter together!