Trying to lose weight but hitting a hard plateau? You’re probably making one of these common diet mistakes. This is how to increase metabolism to help you lose weight easier and faster.
1.) Not Fixing Your Gut Inflammation
It’s pretty much impossible to have a fat-burning body if you don’t have a healthy gut for 2 main reasons:
1) Over 50% of your neurotransmitters that send signals to your brain are made in the lining of your intestines. So, if your gut is inflamed and unhealthy it will negatively affect your mood, energy, sex drive, and more…
These consequences lead to lack of motivation, drive, and depression.
2.) You won’t be bloated, gassy, and uncomfortable. It’s NOT normal to have diarrhea everyday, or be bloated and gassy every other day. Healing and maintaining a healthy and strong gut, will give you a better quality of life and a more attractive, confident body.
The best and easiest way to heal your gut is to stop treating it like a garbage can, avoiding fast food, processed foods, frozen foods, caffeine, alcohol, and other inflammatory foods.
In addition to gut supporting foods, eating foods high in probiotics like raw dairy products, sauerkraut, kim chi, and yogurt can help rebuild the microflora damaged from inflammation, antibiotics, and a poor quality of life.
Here’s a video where I go into more detail about why digestion is important for losing fat:
2.) Eating Late At Night Leads To Weight Gain
If you’re serious about changing your body, a little bit of freedom can go a long way. The one thing almost everyone hates about “dieting” are the rules. Fewer rules mean less restriction, which results in more freedom to eat how you would prefer and a higher likelihood of staying on a plan for a longer period of time.
Why does this matter? Because consistency and patience are probably the two most important aspects of any diet and fitness program that no one ever discusses.
And for most people this would include late night eating.
Your body’s ability to gain weight is mainly about what you eat and how much, not when you eat.
3.) Superfood Obsession and Overload
“Nick, I’m taking a multivitamin, an antioxidant supplement, a superfood smoothie, and spirulina pills…WHY do I still have gas and bloating problems?
Probably from all of the crap in your pills! 🙂 Let me explain…
Loading up on TONS of expensive superfoods is not going to make you healthy, in fact sometimes it can have a worse effect. Many women think they can eat fast food, since they are taking a antioxidant supplement. Wrong…you can’t out supplement a crappy diet or lifestyle.
Focus on WHOLE, real foods, BEFORE you decide to blow your hard earned cash on supplements.
4.) Not Snacking Smart
“Nick, I eat a granola bar and/or a 100 calorie pack for a snack, and I’ve been doing this for the past 6 months and I think I’ve gained weight…you said to eat snacks, WTH?!”
I also said you probably need to eat MORE calories, avoid processed crappy foods like granola bars and 100 calorie packs.
I discuss this more on my blog “5 Healthy, Not So-Healthy Foods” (click the link to read), where I provide 5 types of foods you are eating that you THINK are healthy, but really aren’t.
Essentially, snacks can make or break your fat loss efforts. A great snack choice would be almonds and a pear OR a hard-boiled egg and an apple OR organic beef-jerky and grapes.
Eating granola bars, chips, lattes, and/or NOT eating snacks altogether is a recipe for weight gain.
Plan your week, prepare your snacks in the weekend, so there is no room for impulse purchases.
5.) Eliminating carbohydrates
Eliminating carbs might seem like a smart idea at first glance. Especially with the rise of Paleo, Low-Carb, South Beach, and the like diets touting major weight loss.
And to be honest, this is a wonderful weight loss strategy for individuals who have diabetes, insulin resistance, or are morbidly obese. Low-carb will work…for a while.
But then it won’t.
Because your body needs carbs. Remember, when I talking about fats role in the body, I mentioned glucose? Well where do you think your body gets glucose from?
It’s your primary fuel source, so it’s clearly your cells favorite metabolic enhancing fuel source.
Avoid glucose for too long and you’ll end up with a slow metabolism, lower muscle mass, and the weight will slowly start coming back.
Need some help finding out which carbs are best for fat loss? Want to learn how to cycle your carbs (i.e carb cycling) so you can lose weight while still enjoying carbs and even fats? Here’s some help…
6.) Thinking All Calories Are Created Equal
I’m going to keep it short and simple, if you restrict calories now you have to do it for the rest of your life. If you want to keep it off that is. As soon as you go back to your ‘normal’ diet you will put on weight back on again. And probably more!
Calories are not a good indication of the best food to consume, as you could have 200 calories in a steak and 200 calories in a coke… Now I know you know which one is actually better for you!
If you eat natural foods you will balance out your weight and never have to diet again!
Life would be so much easier.
7.) Thinking Calorie-Restricting Diets Will Lead To Faster Weight Loss
You should know by now that saturated fats in butter, raw dairy and quality grass-fed meats are NOT unhealthy.
Sticking to a low fat diet is a surefire way to make your hormonal levels imbalanced.
Eating inadequate amounts of protein everyday will also lead to an imbalance of fat-burning and fat-storing hormones.
In fact, a high saturated fat and dietary cholesterol consumption will help you regulate your hormones. Add in .7 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight and you have the perfect hormone cocktail.
THE FIX: Eat plenty of fatty meats (only grass-fed and organic if possible), eggs, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, wild-caught fish and organ meats if you like them.
How Can You Avoid All Of The Belly Fat Making Mistakes?
First of all, why should you avoid making these mistakes? Because the more of these mistakes you make, the more you damage your metabolism.
I feel the need to elaborate on a specific consequence of a past full of low-fat, low-sugar, and skipping meals, a severely slow metabolism.
Because you’ve been lead to believe the only to lose weight is to be in a calorie deficit, most women start dieting, then slash their calories and add a large amount of exercise to their daily routine.
All of a sudden you have an extreme calorie deficit that is working against you. This leads to:
– Slowed thyroid production
– Decrease in muscle mass
– Increase in stress hormones
– Overall decrease in energy levels
While the symptoms of a damage metabolism are obvious to you, since you are experiencing them daily, this “reason” for lack of weight loss probably hasn’t crossed your mind.
It’s a tough pill to swallow to accept that your dieting past has negatively affected your healthy present and future weight loss.
While it may be very difficult to recover from a past full of yo-yo diets, it’s NOT impossible. I want to help you avoid mistakes. I put together a breakthrough metabolism-focused program that GUARANTEES to help you lose weight in half the time using whole foods, carb cycling, macro-balancing, and hormone balancing recipes.
They took on The 3-Week Metabolism Diet and here’s what happened:
If you’re ready to join these happy women, then head over and watch the FREE presentation to see what the metabolic fuss is all about: