Let me just begin with saying that I haven’t been good with self control in the past, and my metabolism hasn’t been that fast either.
In fact, I’d get on a diet, lose a few pounds, and as soon I ate a couple of unhealthy snacks or meals (granted it wasn’t always the serving size), I’d gain back half if not all of the pounds I had dropped.
Now I wasn’t overweight, but I wasn’t super skinny either; the extra pounds just didn’t look good on me. I had always wondered why I couldn’t be like those girls who could eat anything they wanted and still stay super slim. That is until I tried this method.
It Boosted my Metabolism Long Term
I had expected a metabolism boost for a short time, but not for months on end. I could literally stuff myself sick, eat a big dessert, and not see the effects. It was crazy… and liberating since I had always restricted myself from eating a certain amount so I wouldn’t gain weight.
Now take in mind I didn’t always do this (stuff myself sick that is), but when I did end up overeating, it was nice to know that there wasn’t going to be any consequences…. except the occasional fear of diabetes (can anyone say Wilford Brimley?).
So Here’s the Method
Like I’ve written in my post on metabolism boosting drinks, green tea is a great way to increase your metabolism speed and lose weight. It’s easy to prep and drink. But you might be wondering how much you should drink, so here’s how much I took in.
Everyday I would drink 6-12 cups of green,tea. It fluctuated that much because I didn’t always remember to fill up my cup right after finishing it (or getting it right away once the microwave stopped heating it up).
Now if that sounds like a lot to you, you can just premake a big batch the night before (since cold tea is easier to drink), and drink it all the next day.
Just remember, do not I repeat, DO NOT, add any sweeteners. Just chug it down fast it you aren’t crazy about the bland taste and it’ll be over. Adding anything, no matter how small, may defeat the purpose of its metabolism boosting (and overall healthy) effects.
Quick Note: You can buy green tea at the store or you can save yourself the time and get it here (I found that getting an order with a lot of green tea bags kept me from running out fast since I drank so much in a day. Just remember that you can reuse a tea bag 2-3 times).
Now we always seem to hear about how unhealthy it is to skip meals and how skipping can slow down our metabolism.. but only if you do it wrong. As I’ve written in my post on 5 Ways to Lose Weight Without Really Trying, lunch is a relatively new invention. In fact, before the Industrial Revolution, breakfast and supper were the only two meals people had in a day.
The key here is knowing how to plan your two meals of the day. You need to be able to eat breakfast late enough (around 10AM), and eat dinner early enough (around 5PM), so you’re not driving yourself crazy staring at that bag of Cheetos.
Now people will tell you that doing this will cause you to overeat at dinner, and it can be true. But I found that I still lost the weight even on the nights I did overeat. There was no fluctuation, I was free to eat until I was stuffed (and mind you, this had never been the case before).
Quick Note: Just know that at first it may be uncomfortable, but if you can power through it, you’ll start to see the results fast. However, if you do feel that you can’t get through the day without eating something, eat a small healthy snack like a piece of fruit or nuts (or whatever floats your boat).
Eat a Small Breakfast
What you eat first thing in the day matters a lot. And everyday I ate a small breakfast and it was always the same thing. Oatmeal. And to make it interesting, I always dressed it up differently every week.
One week I might do honey and butter (so so good), honey + cocoa powder + milk mixed in, honey + cinnamon (or pumpkin spice) + milk mixed in, or my favorite mocha overnight oats.
It was always a 1:2 ration with a ½ cup of oats (instant or regular), and 1 cup of water. If milk was involved, it would always be ¼ cup.