“I’m doing everything right, but the scale just won’t budge!” If you find yourself making a number of changes but still not noticing a difference, your metabolism could be to blame.

The metabolism is made up of a complex system of hormones and enzymes that help convert food into usable forms of energy. The conversion of food to energy is what helps us burn calories, get rid of excess pounds and keep weight off. In a perfect world, our metabolism would be untouchable and we would never have to worry about unwanted weight gain, but in reality, our metabolism is as delicate as a newborn baby. It can be affected by a number of factors including: Diet, stress, and sleep deprivation. So what can we do to jump start the metabolism when it’s not working at its best?

1. Cut Back on Calories

Take a thorough assessment of where extra calories are coming from and reduce them from your diet as much as possible. It could be as simple as replacing the creamer in your coffee with low fat milk or drinking water in place of sweet beverages.

2. Don’t Starve Yourself

Starving on a diet can do you more harm than good. When your body is starved, it compensates by slowing down your metabolism to cling onto every calorie in order to meet your body’s demands. Make sure you’re on a healthy diet program that doesn’t allow you to skip or put too many hours between meals. Each meal should keep you full and satisfied for at least four to five hours at a time.

3. Be Well-Rested

Being sleep deprived can affect your hormones or causestress and in turn slow down the metabolism. Getting at least seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night can not only improve your metabolism and daily performance, but also help you live longer, according to current sleep studies

4. Go the Extra Mile

Boost your daily activity level by putting more effort into moving your body during the day. It can be as easy as parking further from the store or circling around the office during break time. Better yet, add an additional 15 to 30 minutes to your current cardio or muscle building workouts to activate your metabolism and burn more calories.

5. Pack on Some Protein

The lack of protein in a diet can result in muscle mass loss, leading to the so-called “yo-yo effect” that has you gaining back all the weight you’ve lost plus more. Almased® is a safe and effective, all-natural protein-rich meal replacement that helps you cut calories and burn fat while retaining muscle mass. As a nutritious powdered blend of only three ingredients: fermented non-GMO soy, honey, and yogurt, Almased® provides powerful supportive effects on the metabolism and blood sugar level that can help you push past any plateau.

 

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