Big-boned, hypothyroidism, genetic predisposition—all of these are popularly blamed for the extra pounds around our middles, thighs, stomach, back, hips, arms etc.
Pumping up your metabolism is what’s going to help us reduce that spread. A properly primed metabolism works 24/7, so what you eat is more important than when you eat. Losing weight while you sleep is for real.
I’ve heard that you shouldn’t eat carbs after 3 pm, or eat supper after 5, 6 or 7 pm, whatever. A few years ago, I read that Oprah never ate after 7 pm. Well, Oprah can. She’s got a chef that can stick her healthy dinner in front of her anytime she’s ready. But working Americans are eating late because of work schedules, and after-work activities. It’s good to know that metabolism, like most Americans, works overtime.
Haven’t you ever envied a friend who’s slim but in front of you eats whatever they want? You’ve thought their metabolism is the reason. But it’s not true, their metabolism is probably much lower as there isn’t much of them to burn away safely, and I suspect that they don’t eat like that all the time.
Drinking water, getting enough sleep (another challenge), quitting smoking (contrary to popular belief that smoking keeps you slim), eating a plant-based diet and lifting weights all improve your metabolic rate. Lifting weights to increase metabolism is especially good news for women of color, because, realistically, sweating ruins the substantial investment that hair maintenance costs. Combining weightlifting with some form of cardio, like speed walking, is the one – two punch to help improve metabolism, gain muscle, lose fat and keep your coiffure tight as well. And slender people should lift weights to gain some curves, not by diving face first into a bowl of ice cream to gain weight.
I am getting older, as is everybody who’s living, but the body weight exercises developed by The Boot Camp Girl have helped me increase my muscle to fat ratio and boost my metabolism. I learned the hard way that when I stopped working out, coupled with an emotional binge-inducing crisis, I put on a few lbs. Keeping my metabolism racing by exercise is key. Plus, for the first time in my life, I got a booty from all those squats.
And I am big-boned.