Do you think that slow metabolism is the main cause of your body weight and excess pounds that do not want to go away? Although lazy metabolism is often an excuse generically used by those who do not want to seriously go on a diet, we often see cases in which it is certainly not our ally in the fight against extra pounds.
Excluding organic causes induced by hormonal and other dysfunctions, we must first understand that the so-called slow metabolism is not the cause but rather the consequence of the state of overweight, let’s go into detail.
Slow metabolism, what to do Returning to what we were saying in the previous paragraph, the main cause of this problem is often due to an incorrect low-calorie diet.
What does it mean? Simple, too strict food restrictions lead to a strong slowdown of the metabolism and precede the big binges at the table by those who feel stressed and can no longer comply with the food program. Binge even just a few times, after this period of calorie restriction, will not only cancel the effect of the diet but will make you regain all the excess kg in the blink of an eye.
What to do then? Easy, avoid the do-it-yourself but rely on a medical figure who can help us burn as many calories as possible with a food program, and maybe even a training program, aimed at accelerating the basal metabolism. Yes, to lose weight we must necessarily increase our metabolic rate when we are active or resting. So let’s avoid the soup diet, as, as long as it is excellent for purifying the body, it is not suitable for burning stored fat, but we try to balance our caloric intake by eating fresh, nutritious and toxin-free foods.
What does it mean? Adopt a diet in itself aimed at maintaining the state of well-being and burning excess fat, based on a moderate consumption of carbohydrates, an adequate intake of noble proteins and healthy unsaturated fats (Omega-3,6 and 9) and above all providing the body with an optimal quantity of essential micro nutrients, which only fresh fruit and vegetables can give us. However, with regard to the consumption of healthy fats, further investigation is necessary.
Although many may think that fats make you fat, foods or diets rich in this macro nutrient favor just the opposite, namely the burning of adipose tissue. Through the high consumption of good fats such as olive oil, avocado, fruit and oil seeds, and the reduced intake of carbohydrates, our body is able to burn more stored fat as ‘organism used as a preferred energy fuel, instead of the carbohydrates themselves. We are therefore talking about the ketogenic diet, that is, a food program that can be implemented for short periods and consisting of a ratio between the macro nutrients of 80% (fats), 20% (proteins) and 20% (carbohydrates).
This is a very effective diet for losing weight but which requires close medical supervision, as, in the presence of particular pathologist or conditions, it is not always suitable for everyone. The causes of slow metabolism We talked about the unbalanced diet and what to do to speed up the metabolism starting from the food program. Let’s now list the causes that can induce overeating and a sluggish metabolism, and therefore: hormonal problems; hypothyroidism; sedentary lifestyle; fast; prolonged psycho physical stress; insomnia.
Other causes of slowing down of metabolism, and therefore of adipose storage, cellulite and stagnation of liquids, are attributable to the excess of food toxins, almost always contained in packaged (or baked) foods as well as in meat from intensive farming and in vegetables that are not organic, or the abuse of alcoholic beverages, drugs and tobaccos.
How to speed up slow metabolism First of all, it is necessary to carefully control the daily caloric intake. If you introduce very few calories it is preferable to stop the diet, and then gradually increase them. If a woman assumes: Kg * x 18-20 and does not lose weight (example: 60kg x 18-20 = 1080-1200kcal). If a man assumes: Kg * x 20-22 and does not lose weight (example: 80kg x 20-22 = 1600-1760kcal). * the weight refers to individuals of normal weight or slightly overweight.
It is preferable to calculate the calories each week by inserting an extra 200kcal every 7 days. There is no point in continuing to stress the body if we are in a metabolic stall. It is advisable to re-increase and subsequently