(1) Slowing Metabolism: Our metabolism slows down by 10% every 10 years! I always knew it slowed down, but I didn't realize it was this much. This is a huge bummer -- for someone like me that maintains my weight at about 1500 calories a day, that means I have to cut 150 calories every 10 years. The article says a way to work around this is to eat five small meals a day instead of the typical three bigger meals which give your body an excuse to store food.
(2) Meat vs. Veggies vs. Grains: If you are trying to figure out how much of each of the food groups to eat (for staying healthy and maintaining your weight), the guidance is: 25% of your diet should be from animal protein in 4 ounce portions, 50% of your diet should come from fruits and veggies, and the other 25% should come from raw nuts, beans, legumes, whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc.
(3) Staying Hydrated: If you don't drink enough you might start retaining water, which means more pounds on the scale. Water also helps us flush toxins out of our body which is, of course, a good thing. I know I particularly struggle with getting enough fluids at work, although I'm making a huge effort to get my eight glasses of water a day.
(4) A New Breakfast Drink: The article suggests starting each day with a metabolism boosting drink you can create by mixing the following three ingredients together:
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
- 12 ounces of warm water. This promotes good digestion and increases your metabolism.
I haven't tried it yet, but I will this weekend after I buy some apple cider vinegar. Let me know if you try it! It sounds kind of scary to me.
I hope you found this helpful.