Everyone has the skinny friend.
You know, the one that can seemingly squeeze into the size 2 jeans even after scarfing down an entire pizza single handedly.
But if you’re like me, I wasn’t born with those “jeans.”
For years it seemed like work to have to monitor everything I ate – how much of it – what time of day – etc. etc. etc. Bleh!
Until I learned the ultimate life hack, which hang with me, I’ll share it with you – I was counting calories and body shaming myself over not being naturally gifted with that dream metabolism.
And if you’re tired of feeling that way, stick with me. I’ve got you!
Your body shouldn’t be your worst enemy, and yet too many times – we treat it as it is.
When in fact, our body is actually rooting for us to succeed, even when it does not seem to be.
So sure, we all wish we were born with the type of body that doesn’t even recognize a fat cell, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have the body of our dreams – all while feeling incredible.
We just have to treat our body the way it deserves, and these simple practices will help to kick that metabolism into high gear…
But stay tuned and I’ll reveal the ultimate life hack you won’t want to miss.
1. Eat MORE Protein and Healthy Fats and LESS Carbohydrates
This was an incredible change I made to my diet to provide my digestive system with the rest it desperately needed – but I ended up feeling so much better that I learned how to integrate these practices into my everyday life.
See, there are two primary sources of biochemicals our body can use for energy – carbohydrates and fats.
Carbohydrates consist of complex starches and simple sugars – both of which can be very hard on your body to process and typically store as fat.
Some people have the misconception that “fat makes you fat” – but healthy fats, like avocados, fish, extra virgin olive oil, etc. provide your body with incredible nourishment.
They also provide a lasting and long term fuel source for your body – allowing you to feel energized without the “bleh” and tired sensations you can get after consuming carbohydrates.
This is one of the many reasons Keto diets are becoming more popular – and while this is not the keto diet, it does follow similar principles that are most beneficial for your health.
When I learned this simple trick, the inflammation around my stomach quickly subsided. Of course I went through a small detox (I mean I had been a carb-ivore for all my life) – but my body quickly regulated.
Since then, I have been more energized, less bloated, and been able to eat much cleaner.
If you’re interested in learning how to adapt your diet to this style, Avocadu has a great program!
It is a weight loss program (so if you are looking to lose weight – it follows very similar strategies to this program, but will help you to shed the pounds quickly by telling you what to eat and when.)
But you can also do what I did – you can use Avocadu’s program as a guide to construct your diet to center on the proper wholesome, healthy fats – while ridding your body of unhealthy processed carbohydrates.
It rids the body of inflammation – and I lost those few stubborn pounds I had been tired of wearing around my midsection.
Now granted, this does not mean you never have to eat carbs again – I eat carbs each day. It’s more of a matter of integrating the right healthy carbs (brown rice, quinoa, gluten free oats, etc.) at the proper times – which Avocadu does an awesome job at instructing.
2. Drink Plenty of Cold Water
Hydrating during any change your body experiences is key!
Studies support that drinking 6 cups of cold water each day can raise your resting metabolism by at least 50 calories – most likely due to the energy your body exerts in order to increase the temperature of the water up to body temperature.
Water also helps to detox and flush toxins out of the body – so pour yourself a tall glass and lift a pinky – you’re doing amazing.
3. Meditate to Relieve Stress
Stress is one of the leading factors to poor gut health and bloating. So explore what makes YOU relax! It could be yoga, meditation, going for a nice walk, spending time with good company, or so many more things.
Practice listening to your body and be careful of overwhelming yourself. Remember, your body communicates with you by sending you signs. You’ll be so much better off for it, I promise.
4. Engage in Metabolic Boosting Workouts
I was a chronic cardio abuser for years – and while I absolutely love running, it put a lot of stress on my body.
Now I incorporate shorter distance runs occasionally throughout my weekly workouts.
But I mostly focus on HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts. HIIT workouts boost your metabolism and keep it running throughout the day – as opposed to just during the duration of your workout.
There are several free apps you can download to walk you through various workouts.
Here’s is my favorite one!
5. Eat Smaller Meals More Often Throughout the Day
It can be a lot on your digestive system to break down a heavy meal all at one time.
So for smoother digestion – and the perk of stimulating your metabolism more throughout the day – focus on eating smaller meals more frequently throughout your day.
6. Get Lots of Sleep
Rest – rest – and more rest. Your body is experiencing a lot of change during this time – go easy on yourself.
Getting 8 hours of sleep each night has been proven to stimulate the metabolism and provide the rest needed in order to replenish the body.
7. Replace Simple Ingredients with Healthier Options
A huge misconception is that you have to give up your favorite foods in order to be healthy, lose weight, and be thin.
But in reality, it’s all about making foods with healthier alternatives!
Healthier food options support your metabolism by being easier for the body to break down – and do not store as fat as easily (especially if you switch your power source from carbs to healthy fats!).
Check out this anti inflammatory Eat This – Not That Guide HERE!
THE ULTIMATE LIFE HACK! ⇩⇩⇩
8. Restore Your Gut Health!!!
Our gut – a fancy term to describe the part of your digestive tract consisting of your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – regulates SO many of our body’s functions.
For a quick snapshot, here’s a list of everything your gut regulates in the body:
➪ Healthy Digestion
➪ Weight Management (and weight loss)
➪ Skin Health
➪ Nutrient Absorption
➪ Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
➪ Brain Clarity and Mental Health
➪ Sleep Patterns
➪ Hunger and Appetite
➪ Bloating and Inflammation
➪ Chronic Illness
So, you can see how this one simple thing is by far THE one thing you want on your side.
By restoring your gut health, your body begins to reap incredible benefits from each of the bulleted categories above.
If you are interested, be sure to check out the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge to help you to restore gut health quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively!