5. Be More Active.
Working out and just being more active is the number-one way to keep your furnace cranking. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn all day. That’s because muscle uses energy – even when you’re resting. Sitting too much (at your computer or in front of the TV), slows your metabolism, even if you’re exercising regularly.
An easy fix is to stretch, stand at your desk for a few minutes, stroll, and even fidget throughout the day. That’s what scientists call NEAT, or nonexercise activity thermogenesis, and it can boost your burn and help you drop weight
6. Eat More Filling Foods.
Start by serving yourself protein at every sitting, such as low-fat yogurt, chicken and salmon, says Darwin Deen, MD, a medical professor in the department of community health and social medicine at City College of New York and a co-author of Nutrition for Life. All three of the above foods contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help promote weight loss by increasing your feelings of fullness.
In addition, eat more foods that slowly release the sugar you need for sustained energy, like high-fiber fruits and veggies and whole-grain breads and pastas. Also, munching on a food high in fiber three hours before your workout can help you burn extra fat, according to a recent study.
Even coffee can help since caffeine stimulates the production of adrenaline, which speeds up the metabolism. Just limit yourself to no more than two cups a day!
7. Monitor Your Meds More.
Some of the most dramatic metabolic dips occur when women start taking birth control pills and widely prescribed antidepressants known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.
“These drugs commonly slow the metabolism because they affect the functioning of the thyroid gland, which regulates how our bodies use energy,” says Kent Holtorf, MD, a thyroidologist and the founder of the National Academy of Hypothyroidism.
If you’ve recently started taking any new medication and the scale is inching upward, ask your doc if there’s an alternative treatment that is less likely to cause weight gain.