How to Reset a Slow Metabolism for Weight Loss Success

Metabolism — is the process that converts what you put in your mouth into energy that powers everything you do…
Health Magazine, 2015, p. 52

This blog site came to existence because I myself have a sluggish metabolism. I have been searching for ways on how to reset my metabolism and with hopes to lose some weight.

The very first thing I noticed about my body is that I just couldn’t lose weight. I did lose weight every time when I had a food allergy – because I couldn’t eat anything.

Seeing someone who eats anything and didn’t gain any pound just made me so jealous. I believe this is how you feel also.

My eldest daughter was wondering at first how come her mom was fat and while I don’t eat that much. We rarely have cheese at home and we seldom eat pizza. We are mainly vegetarian. I also avoid eating sugary foods.

My husband said that because I already have had kids, my body changes and it works differently than from before I got kids. He said this is the reason for my flabby belly :).

I read a lot of health magazines and books. My favorite magazines are Woman’s World and First for Women. I have a file of these magazines. These magazines have featured metabolism and detox many times. And many times they also featured Dr. Oz – who is everyone’s favorite. The information from these magazines has been helping me so much with many of my health concerns. These magazines are truly God-sent. Countless times when I was feeling some kind of ailment and when I got their new issues I found the answer that had helped me with my ailment. On several occasions I have dug through the old issues and somehow found the information that I needed so badly. Praise God, I found the relevant information.

So in my blog I’ll share with you the information on metabolism that I’ve gotten from the above magazines and other magazines too. I hope it will help you too.

Speaking of magazines, the other day we stopped at the bookstore in the mall. On their magazine shelf, I spotted the cover of the HEALTH magazine (which I also love to read) that caught my attention. I was so thrilled to see on the cover that one of their features is how to maximize your metabolism.

What the magazine says is very inspiring. It says that there are different factors and challenges that influence our metabolism — age is one. We have no control over the age factor, but there are ways that we can make changes and fix our metabolism, which will allow us to lose weight and raise our energy level. They listed the challenges and they also give suggestions on how to fix them.

I thought I would share their information with you. And here’s some important snippets that I’ve gotten from the magazine:

Challenge #1: Aging

Pamela Peeke, MD, author of The Hunger Fix, says:

Without regular exercise, you lose about 5% to 10% of your muscle mass each decade after age 30.

Muscle burns more calories than fat, so you need to consume far fewer calories to keep your body stoked.

Due to the age-related weight gain you are feeling sluggish.

The waning estrogen levels seem to affect the fat distribution so the pounds are most apt to settle in your belly.

Fix a sagging metabolism with exercise

Don’t get depressed when you have a sagging metabolism. Dr. Peeke says further:

You can stop the decline by up to 80% with regular exercise.

This means doing both:

  • cardio – even a simple 30-minute brisk daily walk
  • strength training – 2 times a week

Challenge #2: Insulin Resistance

About a third of the Americans have this condition. In this condition the body produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively.

Insulin resistance causes glucose to build up in your blood and can lead to prediabetes and diabetes. It will slow your metabolism to a crawl.

Dr. Loren Wissner Greene, endocrinologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, explains…

It often becomes a vicious cycle: As women gain weight they become more insulin resistant. Then the insulin resistance slows down their metabolism, so they put on more fat.

Fat cells produce hormones that might cause insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance symptoms:

Besides being overweight you will also notice:

  • excess padding around your tummy (even if you are otherwise skinny)
  • irregular periods
  • infertility

Fix your metabolism with Mediterranean diet

If your age is over 45, your doctor should screen you for diabetes every 3 years, to measure your blood glucose levels.

Losing some pounds — even as little as 5-7% of your current weight — can get your glucose levels where they need to be.

Start by cutting out sugary foods in favor of Mediterranean foods such as fish, vegetables and beans.

Challenge #3: Thyroid Trouble


If you have a hypothyroidism — your thyroid doesn’t make enough hormones. You’ll feel fatigued and may gain weight even if you’re eating exactly the same foods in the same amount for years. Your skin may seem drier and your muscles sorer.

See your doctor to test your thyroid hormone levels. If you are hypothyroid your doctor will treat you with synthetic thyroid medication. Once your condition is under control your healthy metabolism will follow.

Sip to Reboot Your Metabolism and Be Skinny

Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, MD, author of “Doctor’s Detox Diet” offers tips to reboot your metabolism by adding the following to your tea or water:

  • spices and herbs – like cinnamon and mint
  • fruits and vegetables – lime, strawberry or cucumber slices, or
  • citrus zest – lemon or orange

Dr. Christine explains — the above combos…

lessen inflammation, which helps speed up your metabolism, leading to greater weight loss.

Jump-start Your Metabolism to Lose Weight

1. Eat more protein

Dr. Louis Aronne, MD, an obesity expert says:

Your body burns more calories digesting protein than it does fat or carbohydrates.

Stick to eating foods low in saturated fat. Sources:

  • lean red meat
  • chicken
  • fish
  • tofu and beans

2. Don’t skip breakfast

Eating breakfast helps to jump-start your metabolism. It gives your body the energy to run properly and get you through your day, says Dr. Pamela Peeke.

3. Don’t forget to snack

Yeay, I love this part!

Try not to let yourself go more than 3 or 4 hours without nibbling on something. Longer than that can decrease your metabolic rate.

Make your snacks a mix of whole-food carbs and protein to keep your daily calorie intake in check, such as:

  • banana with peanut butter, or
  • apple with cheese
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