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Increase Metabolism Naturally by Eating More!

Updated on June 22, 2011

If I Can Increase Metabolism Naturally, so Should You!

I am somewhat of an expert on how to increase metabolism. Or maybe guinea pig is a better description. You see, I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, called hypothyroidism, in my early twenties. At the time, I was stick skinny, too skinny.

Over the years, my weight slowly started creeping up. I was average weight until I hit my late thirties. Then the weight started packing on quickly. Not only was I gaining weight even though I was barely eating, but I was exhausted all of the time, too.

I panicked and soon started researching ways to increase metabolism naturally. I was amazed at what has proven to be, for me at least, one of the most effective ways to increase metabolism naturally.

As I mentioned before, when I started gaining weight, I stopped eating almost completely. I have never been a big eater. That is how I managed to stay skinny even after having three kids. But the weight started adding up, anyway. So I quit eating even more. I skipped breakfast and lunch, and only ate supper. No second helpings, either. I also didn't snack. It didn't matter. The weight refused to budge. So, I started exercising at the gym. I was just more tired. And the following is what kept me from either literally dying of starvation or blowing up like a balloon.

Increase Metabolism Naturally with Food?

A friend kept urging me to eat more. She swore that's why I couldn't lose weight, because I had slowed my metabolism to a crawl. But I told her whenever I started to eat like a regular person, my weight went up, too. I started researching metabolism.

That is when I read about the successes people had losing weight by increasing their metabolism naturally by eating more, but with a twist. Here's where I was messing up. In order to increase your metabolism naturally and lose weight, you must eat more. But the secret is that you eat frequently throughout the day. Below are more details about this fantastic weight loss technique.

Tips to Increase Metabolism Naturally by Eating More Frequently

Eat at least 5 times a day. Eat at least every three hours. But don't eat normal sized meals. You eat several small meals throughout the day, a bit larger than a snack.

Pick the correct foods to eat. These include lots of lean protein, fresh vegetables and fruits. Load up on fiber foods, too. Fiber will help you feel full longer, and it is another way to increase metabolism naturally. Avoid high fat foods. Try to eat most of your daily carbs earlier in the day so you will have energy and your body has a chance to burn them off.

I actually didn't follow this particular advice about food choices too closely. I simply started eating every three hours or so. I ate whatever I wanted. And the weight started melting off of me. I suspect it was because I had been on nearly a starvation diet before. You may need to follow stricter guidelines with the foods you choose in order to have satisfactory weight loss results.

Don't skip breakfast, ever! Eat within an hour of rising. Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism and gets your body started burning calories faster and gives you more energy, too. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast regularly normally weigh less than those who skip breakfast.

Drink lots and lots of water. Drinking enough water will help you feel full, and help you control your appetite so that you don't want to eat as much. Plus, drinking lots of water is another way to increase metabolism naturally. You will definitely notice a difference in your energy levels when you start drinking lots of water if you didn't drink much water previously.

I hope that these guidelines for ways to increase metabolism naturally help you as much as they helped me lose weight.

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      Mathews 6 years ago

      Lovely piece of information provided..I like it & was also helpful for me.Great tips to Increase the metabolism rate,that too naturally sounds really effective & wonderful. I will surely try to follow some of the tips mentioned here ..Thanks :)


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      AlmostLola 6 years ago

      Very interesting and helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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      John B Badd 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great Hub. Staying hydrated by drinking water is very important to good health. Most people do not realize this. Also eating throughout the day does help.

      I eat 4 - 7 times a day (usually 5 or 6) and I always eat something with my morning coffee, even if it is just 1 ego waffle with honey or a couple chips ahoy cookies, I am 34 years old, about 6ft tall and about 180lbs. So this defiantly works (if you want six pack abs you still have to do sit ups; I do not have them lol.)

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      BeatsMe 7 years ago

      Nice tip. And easy too.

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      a little hard to keep it going but it's worth a shot.