Surely, you’ve seen the hype…
“Do this workout and boost your metabolism for 48 hours!”
“Eat X number of meals per day to rev your metabolism up!”
“Eat (or don’t eat) at these specific times each day to keep your metabolism going strong!”
The idea of turning your body into a “fat burning machine” by boosting your metabolism definitely sounds very promising. Which is why it’s one of the most common talking points for selling any kind of weight loss product or program.
But is it really all that it’s cracked up to be for losing weight?
The short answer: no.
A slow metabolism is rarely THE reason for weight gain or difficulty losing weight.
It can be A factor for sure. But the variations in metabolic rate from person-to-person are relatively minor. So they typically only explain a few extra lbs, rather than a few dozen extra lbs.
Since it’s not the main problem, “fixing” your metabolism is unlikely to undo years of steady weight gain.
And that’s going along with the premise that you can make dramatic shifts to your daily calorie burn to provoke weight loss.
So…what REALLY are the best ways to lose weight?
Technically, there are only 3 “paths” to weight loss that actually work. And these aren’t mutually exclusive. As in, you can (and should) use all 3.
Today, I’m going to talk about the first way…
Way #1) Taking in fewer calories while feeling less full, but not becoming excessively hungry
If you routinely eat until uncomfortably full or eat in between meals despite not being hungry, then you likely have room for experiencing a little bit more hunger and less fullness each day.
I’m not talking about experiencing hours of hunger before you finally eat…or walking away from meals without feeling satisfied.
I’m talking about having some hunger going into your meals rather than no hunger. The type of hunger that allows you to enjoy your food more.
I’m talking about slightly tweaking when you finish eating in relation to your fullness signals. If you normally eat to a “9.5” on a scale of 1-10 (uncomfortably stuffed, but not ready to blow), you could dial that back down to an “8” and still feel satisfied from your meals.
And it wouldn’t translate to feeling deprived. It would allow you to experience more comfortable fullness (the kind that doesn’t make you feel sick after) while eating a couple hundred calories fewer.
In the next day or 2, I’ll talk about the other 2 paths to losing weight that (actually) work.
P.S. If you want to get started losing weight without feeling restricted or deprived, check this out
>>Weight Loss Without Restriction