Success of most diets depends on metabolic rate, i.e. the rate at which the human body burns calories. But many of us make mistakes that slow down metabolism.
To lose weight, you should limit the amount of calories, but not too much. If you’re hungry, the metabolism will slow down to the limit, as the body begins to save every piece of food eaten. As a result, you will gain weight rather than lose it.
Refusal of caffeine
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant; daily cups of coffee can increase the metabolic rate by 5-8%, and it will burn from 100 to 174 additional calories per day. A cup of strong tea increases the metabolic rate by 12%, as the Japanese researchers have found.
People get most of fiber from whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Therefore, give up eating foods made from wheat flour, as they slow down metabolism seriously.
German researchers found that drinking 6 cups of cold water a day can increase metabolic rate by 50 calories a day – you will lose 2.5 kg per year.
Canadian scientists reported that the dieters, whose body contains the maximum number of organochlorides (the substances from pesticides that accumulate in fat cells), have less than normal metabolic rate, which prevents them from losing weight.
Lack of protein
Make sure that protein remains an indispensable part of your diet. It is required for gaining muscle mass. Proteins also stimulate burning calories by 35%.
The foods rich in iron are absolutely necessary to carry oxygen to the muscles that will burn fat. Before menopause, women lose iron each month because of menstruation. So try to replenish its reserves using oysters, lean meat, beans, saturated flakes and spinach.
Lack of vitamin D
This vitamin is necessary for the preservation of muscle tissue, accelerating the rate of metabolism. Unfortunately, a significant number of people over 50 do not get enough vitamin D. In addition to sunlight, salmon, tuna, shrimp, tofu, fortified milk, eggs and cereals are good sources of this vitamin.
Reject the second cocktail! If you drink a lot of alcohol, you burn less fat and more slowly than usual because alcohol is used by the body as fuel.
There is evidence that calcium deficiency is widespread among women and slows down the metabolism. Research shows that calcium intake using low-fat dairy products can reduce the absorption of fat from other food sources.