Having a low metabolism can cause you to lose weight at a slower rate than others that have a faster metabolism. However, don’t worry, you can still get to the weight you want and increase your metabolism with a little work and adjustment to your eating and exercise habits. Here’s how:
Use a Calorie Calculator
Use an online calorie needs calculator to determine how many calories you burn on a daily basis based on your weight, height and activity level. The only way to decrease your weight is to create a calorie deficit. Once you determine your calorie needs daily, you will want to decrease that number by 500 calories a day to lose 1 pound per week.
Eat 4-6 Small Meals Daily
Along with cutting calories, split those calories between 4 to 6 meals daily. By decreasing the time between meals, your body will continue metabolizing food for a longer period of time and in turn will increase your metabolism. Be careful to balance your meals with lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats.
Engage in a Strength Training Workout Plan
Compliment your cutting of calories with a strength training workout plan. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so you want to increase your strength to increase your metabolism. Try doing strength training workouts 2 to 3 times a week, including weight lifting, Pilates or yoga. Jump start your metabolism even further with additional cardiovascular exercises weekly.
By making a few adjustments to your eating and fitness routines, you can help speed up your metabolism and increase your ability to lose weight. It takes a long time to gain weight and just as long to lose it. Don’t get discouraged over your slow metabolism; keeping working and you will be able to drop the extra pounds you have been trying to.