We’ve all been there before.

You committed to eating healthy foods and exercising for thirty minutes each day.  You limit your intake of sweet treats and never eat after eight pm.  In fact, when you examine your new healthy habits, you realize you’re doing everything by the book…

…So why the heck isn’t that number on your scale letting up?

It sounds like you’ve hit a weight-loss plateau – and it’s no secret that this can be one of the most frustrating places to find yourself at.  Your body has slowly been dropping fat for the past few weeks or months – so why is it stopping now?

The answer lies in your metabolism.  When you first shift from your unhealthy habits to new ones, your metabolism skyrockets as a result.  This means you drop fat quickly within the first few stages of your new diet.  Ever notice that the first couple of weeks on your new diet are the weeks when you drop the most weight?  This is your metabolism working hard to keep up with your healthy new lifestyle.

But after some time, the metabolism gets used to your new diet and physical activity; this results in it slowly down considerably.  Soon, the weight loss numbers stop to drop, until one day you realize that you haven’t been able to budge the last few pounds.

So how can you kick-start your metabolism back into gear?  Simple: by eating this proven metabolism-boosting foods!

  • Hot peppers (and any other spicy foods): Spicy food isn’t just a pleasure to eat – it’s also one of the best ways to jump-start your sluggish metabolism.  Hot peppers and other spicy foods temporarily activate a stress hormone in your body, which results in a higher metabolism level.
  • Water: There’s a reason why health experts tell you to drink eight to ten glasses of water per day – it’s the ultimate way to speed up your metabolism and flush unwanted pounds from your body.  Studies have shown that water boosts metabolic rates by up to 30 percent, in addition to flushing sodium from the body.  Just be sure to drink plenty of water: a couple of glasses will cause water retention because it isn’t enough to flush out the sodium.
  • Turkey: If you’re watching your purse strings, then consider turkey to be your favorite white meat.  Turkey packs a ton of appetite-suppressing protein, but costs much less than the other weight-loss favorite, chicken.
  • Green tea: Not only is it believed to banish bloat, speed up metabolism and enhance the mood, but green tea has also been proven to reduce your risk of cancer.  Enhance your dinner with a cup of delicious green tea, or enjoy a few sips before heading to bed.

When it comes to weight-loss, don’t consider food to be the enemy.  In fact, by making a few right choices, you’ll discover that certain foods can be your metabolism’s new best friend!

If you’d like to learn more about eating right, supplements, and losing weight, then contact Zerona Zone for a free consultation, or call 720-384-6710.