1) Don’t Eat Less, Eat More

It’s not about eating less food-it’s about eating more food. Forget starving yourself and skipping meals. That actually works in the opposite way you want it to. Restricting food will kill your metabolism. It sends a signal to your body that says, “I’m starving!” And your body responds by slowing your metabolic rate to hold on to existing energy stores. If you starve yourself, you’ll begin burning muscle tissue, which just gives your enemy, visceral fat, a greater advantage. Your metabolism slows further, and fat goes on to claim even more territory.

2) Get More Sleep

Researchers in Finland took a set of identical twins and let one sleep more and the other stayed up longer hours. They discovered that the twin who slept less was under more stress and had more visceral fat. Try to get 8 hours of sleep per night.

3) Eat More Lean Protein

Your body needs protein to maintain lean muscle. Try adding a small amount of protein in each meal. Whether it be lean meat, nuts or post workout, a good quality protein shake.

4) Go Organic When You Can

Pollutants from pesticides when injested are stored in fat cells and cause a dip in metabolism rate because toxins interfere with the energy-burning process. Pesticides make it harder to lose fat. Organic foods are not always easy to find. Here are some foods that aren’t so bad if not organic—avocado, grapefruit, bananas. But definitely choose organic when buying celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale and collard greens, cherries, potatoes, and imported grapes; they tend to have the highest levels of pesticides.

5)Don’t Just Pump Iron-Eat It

Iron is essential for carrying the oxygen your muscles need to burn fat. Shellfish, lean meats, beans and spinach are excellent sources.

6) Get More Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for preserving muscle tissue. Get 90 percent of your recommended daily intake (400 IU) in a  3 ounce serving of salmon. Other good sources of Vitamin D are tuna and eggs and getting outside in the sunshine…

7)Stay Hydrated

All of your body’s chemical reactions, including your metabolism, depend on water. If you are dehydrated, you may be burning fewer calories. Drink at least eight to twelve 8-ounce glasses of  bottled spring water a day.

8) Fight Fat with Fiber

Fibre can fire up your fat burn by as much as 40 percent. Studies find that those who eat the most fiber gain the least weight over time. Aim for about three small servings each of fruits and vegetables per day.

9) Drink Organic Green Tea

Try pure Do Matcha Green Tea powder, found at Green Girl Organics inside Physical Limits Fitness Centre.

10) Have Breakfast…The Most Important Meal Of The Day!

 Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, so the heartier and healthier your first meal is, the better.

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