With tons of fad diets and weight loss pills being pushed to the public, it’s sometimes hard to know the right direction to go. They all promise to help us lose weight and boost our metabolism, however, they come with a dangerous side. Weight loss pills can contain harmful, un-natural ingredients that increase heart rate, high blood pressure and can even cause seizures. In our opinion, this isn’t the way to go.
But sometimes, exercise just isn’t enough. You may go to the gym and do cardio for 2 hours and not see any results. You may change your diet and make healthier choices, but your waist line might not budge. You just need that extra oomph to boost your metabolism, and we’re here to help you do it the healthy way.
Here are 9 healthy secrets to speeding up your metabolism:
It’s the sweet spot between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we’re in full holiday swing, with sugary sweets and drinks abounding, even while we’re probably still recovering from our Thanksgiving feast, am I right? If this sounds familiar to you, the idea of intermittent fasting may have crossed your mind once or twice. After all, why not give your digestive system a break and reduce your caloric intake in between two gigantic food holidays?
Whether you have a specific fitness goal or are just trying to stay healthy, exercising regularly is an integral part of any healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend working out 45 minutes to an hour a day (30 minutes for beginners) for weight loss and fitness. The best way to do this is to make exercise a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. If you’re like most people and find it hard to motivate yourself to get to the gym, find a class that sounds fun or enlist a family member or friend as a workout buddy. Finding that external support not only makes it more fun, but creates a sense of accountability that really works!
Often, people associate healthy eating or losing weight with bird-like diets that are boring and unsatisfying. Many conventional diets focus on what you CAN’T have, fostering an attitude of deprivation that then has the potential to backfire once you’re finished with the diet.
At The Tasteful Pantry, we’re big believers in healthy eating combined with indulgence, satiety and joy. That’s actually what we’re all about! If we go about our diets with an attitude of deprivation, we’re far less likely to stick with them, and just as important, we’ll completely miss out on the joy of eating! The more joy, the less we feel the need to mindlessly munch!
If you live in the US, it’s likely you’ve come across someone in your life who has diabetes or for whom high blood sugar is a concern. It is estimated that over 29 million or 9.3% of the American population has either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and that 86 million are pre-diabetic, meaning they have higher than normal blood sugar levels. That’s a lot! The good news is that although a component of many diabetes cases is genetic, for many, changes in eating and lifestyle can make a significant impact.
Protein is essential for living organisms; it’s composed of long chain amino acids, and is the building blocks of muscle. It gives us energy, helps our bodies recover, and keeps our tummies satisfied. Lucky for us, protein is available in many forms, raw and cooked, all delicious! Below are the best forms of protein to eat for all diets:
Coconut oil is all the rage these days. People are finding different uses for it each day from hair masks to skin moisturizers, but cooking remains the most popular and is on the rise. However, most people do not know just how many amazing benefits they are receiving from cooking with coconut oil rather than using other oils.
If you’re new to coconut oil, you’re probably a bit weirded out by its solid state. Yes, at room temperature coconut oil is a solid, and once it’s heated it melts into a liquid. It has a high smoke point and is better for cooking than alternative oils. This is due to its medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which do not break apart when heated to high temperatures. With an oil that has long chain triglycerides, like olive oil, these chains break apart and oxidize, which causes free radicals to form which can cause cancer.
Other than its enticing tropical smell and sweet taste, coconut oil is actually a superfood and can help prevent many illnesses and diseases. Take a look below to see how coconut oil can help your body.