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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Think twice before you snack to boost metabolism

Considering a snack to boost your metabolism? Not so fast. There is a much more efficient way to boost metabolism to promote weight loss and enhance mood. Learn more in our LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest: Change your health destiny

"In today's Weekly Digest we focus on Rule #4 of the Four Rules: Daily Exercise. For me this is the most challenging of the Four Rules, it just seems so difficult to include daily exercise into my over-scheduled schedule. But there is something so basic, so easy, so inexpensive that we can do daily and it will completely change our metabolism, our mood, our weight loss results. That thing is walking. Study after study confirms that a little walking goes a long way to improve our health and weight management efforts. Today's Digest is full of information and inspiration to get us moving, one step at a time, in the right direction. I am already excited to get out and get walking!"

The claim is often made that we need to eat every 3-4 hours to boost our metabolism. However, I've found this leads to snacking on foods that do not necessarily boost metabolism. Eating lean protein may boost metabolism because it is a high-thermic food (requires more calories to digest than the calories it provides). If we are following the Four Rules and eating Protein First our metabolism is already boosted by diet. A better way to sustain high metabolic burn is to include physical movement in our activity throughout the day. Consider this the next time you are inclined to boost metabolism with a snack.

Link to the Digest: Change your health destiny

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