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Tips on Increasing Your Metabolism After HCG Diet

8 Tips on Increasing Your Metabolism After Completing the HCG Diet

Your metabolism involves a hormones and enzymes that not only convert food into fuel but also affect how quickly you can burn that fuel or calories. It is often that many people who do the HCG diet complain of a slow metabolism. There are many ways to increase your metabolism. Here are a few tips to help give it the boost it may need:

Tips to Increase Your Metabolism After Completing the HCG Diet

  • Exercise 3-5 times per week for at least 30 minutes each time. If you exercise enough, you can actually prevent your natural metabolic slow down that can happen in your late 20s. Exercising 20-30 minutes a night before bed can keep your metabolism boosted while you sleep. The average woman’s metabolism decreases by 15 % while they sleep. Doing this would keep it at its peak throughout the night. Sitting too much or working at a computer can slow your metabolism. This can be fixed by stretching or taking a walk around the office every hour. It doesn’t need to be a long walk, but just enough to get your body moving.
  • Build muscle. Aerobic exercise is great, but by adding in strength training you are going to boost your metabolism. To maintain muscle, it takes more calories than it does to maintain fat.
  • Don’t skip meals. The more frequently you eat, the more it boosts up your metabolism. By eating 3 meals a day of 300-400 calories per meal and then having 2 snacks consisting of 200-300 calories every day, will keep your metabolism at its peak. Focus on eating healthy snacks too.  You want to start out by having a protein for every meal. Protein not only helps to build lean muscle mass but also it takes more calories to digest. For your snacks, you want to have things rich in protein such as raw almonds, avocados, or legumes. Also having a healthy breakfast can boost your metabolism. It primes your body to turn calories into muscle.
  • Eat spicy food. Spicy food contains chemical compounds that increase your metabolism. For example, as a snack have some air-popped popcorn. Then sprinkle it with Tabasco or your favorite hot salsa.
  • Stay hydrated. A general rule of thumb is to drink at least 64oz of water per day. This may need to be increased if you are working out or if the weather is very warm. While on the HCG diet, we recommend drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water a day.
  • Get plenty of rest. If you get 2 hours less sleep a day then normal, it can trigger your appetite which will then increase your hunger. This can make it more likely to overeat which will cause slowing of the metabolism.
  • Get enough B vitamins and magnesium in your diet. Eat foods that are high in B vitamins and magnesium  such as green, leafy veggies, fish, egg yolks, black beans and broccoli.
  • Medications can also slow your metabolism down. Medications such as birth control and antidepressants slow it down because of the way it effects the thyroid gland, which is what regulates your body’s use of energy.

Increasing Your Metabolism Takes Time After You Complete the HCG Diet

There are many ways to help boost your metabolism over time. The HCG diet will help you reset your hypothalamus which is conjoined with your metabolism. After the diet you will notice a large increase to your metabolism. Keep in mind though your metabolism didn’t slow down overnight, it won’t be boosted overnight. Be patient and focus on what’s best for your metabolism, long term.

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  1. By: Mandy

    on: July 24, 2012 . Reply

    1st of all, I agree with all of the suggestions posted to increase/maintain metabolism rate. Like most people I had gained more than the freshman 15 by my junior year in college and it did not stop there. I peaked at about 175 lbs (being female and 5’2″this was a bit big, and coming from 130 lbs before college. End result was I was able to drop to 140 and maintain this for 5 years by 1st,going on a hard exercise/low cal diet (with no help from doctors or any program) and 2. was to maintain the exercise and not over eating, and drinking minimal amounts of Alcohol.

    I would like to add a tip that often will lead one down the wrong trail. I moved to AZ (from WI) a few years ago and one thing lead to another including drinking to often (even one a day is to much for me, though it does not seem to effect my husband). casual and even drinking socially ( we are not talking about actual alcoholism) can be really bad for our metabolism and overall weight maintenance.

    A question for Dan. I am bi-polar and have been taking lithium for over 10 years now. I know that Lithium slows metabolism rates, aside from all the suggestions about. I would like to know if you have a alternative food/vitamins/mineral I could replace the lithium with? Or is there a food that is high in lithium that would take the place of the medication form.

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: July 26, 2012 . Reply

      There are quite a few lithium-rich foods to include milk, tomatoes, mushrooms, and eggs. If the lithium is prescribed, we would recommend that you consult your physician before discontinuing any prescribed medications.

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