5 Ways to Optimize Metabolism

5 Ways to Optimize Metabolism

Are you struggling with weight loss and trying to figure out ways to improve your metabolism? Perhaps you were losing weight and now you've been stuck on a plateau. Today I want to share with you five ways you can boost your metabolism. I'm Dr. Richa Mittal, Founder and Medical Director of Radiant Health Weight Loss and Wellness, an integrative weight loss and preventative health practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

So let's get started with five things you can do:

1. Work to decrease stress. Stress releases hormones in the body that actually increase hunger and increase the weight gain pathways in the brain. We need to find ways to deactivate our sympathetic nervous system in favor of stimulating our parasympathetic nervous system. Examples would be: breathing exercises, meditation, guided meditation, and just finding time for hobbies and things that bring you peace.

2. Practice circadian fasting. We're all fast to get night. If we can wrap up our eating earlier in the day, focus on eating during daylight hours, and cut out that late night eating -- when our body is not optimized to digest and metabolize food -- that can be very helpful. This can also have anti-aging effects called autophagy. To learn more about the science behind it be sure to visit my blog.

3. Move more. Even if you start small, it's okay if you're not hitting your goal of 150 minutes a week and 2 episodes of muscle resistance training. Do bursts of activity. If you have heart or lung conditions make sure to get the green light from your doctor before you start any type of exercise program. Hit-type of workouts can be a great way to burn belly fat.

4. Focus on nutrition. Eat real food and try to minimize processed foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat. Increase dietary intake of foods with sirtuins. Those are proteins that are involved in metabolism, inflammation, and help our cells fight stress. One such food is resveratrol; this is found in apples, grapes, plums, and peanuts. Foods that help sirtuins do their job better are foods that help to boost something called NAD+. NAD is found in foods with niacin and tryptophan. Such foods would be chicken breast, tuna, salmon, peanuts, avocado, brown rice, mushrooms, green peas, and potatoes to name a few.

5. Prioritize sleep. Try to go to bed consistently at the same time and wake up at the same time every day. Try to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

To learn about how an in-depth personalized treatment plan for weight loss could help you, be sure to book a free 30-minute informational consult with me today by visiting the website radianthealthdallas.com


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