The eating and exercise plans on these pages were designed to keep your metabolism humming to the tune of up to 10 pounds off in 21 days. Read on for the keys to not only losing, but losing for good.
Your basal metabolic rate, the number of calories your body burns at rest, is based on things like age, height, and body type,
so there isn’t much you can do to alter it. But there is a lot you can do to change the number of calories you burn above that, beginning with your diet.
Specifically: Eat breakfast.
Whole grains increase metabolism, may help promote weight loss
We already know the reasons you may not want to (you don’t have the time/energy/stomach for it), but leaving for work on an empty stomach is like hitting the pause button on your metabolism. Here’s why: When your brain senses your stomach is empty, it sends a message to your cells to conserve energy in case another meal doesn’t arrive. In other words, your body holds onto the fat stored in your cells instead of helping you burn it off.
“Breakfast triggers a process called thermogenesis, where the body signals the brain to activate the metabolic process of turning food into energy,” says Mark Hyman, MD, author of
The Blood Sugar Solution.