Our Paleolithic ancestors hunted and gathered every day of their lives. They actively found ways to live off of the earth. The lifestyle of Paleo involves eating healthy, balanced, unprocessed, nutritious meals and moving your body often. Doing this helps to maintain a healthy metabolism and overall good health. Simply giving up high fructose corn syrup helps to raise your metabolism when replaced with a healthier lifestyle.
Paleo is great if you want to boost your metabolism, which is extra beneficial for those looking to lose weight and keep it off. Paleo is not about starving yourself. Also, if you put things in your body such as processed food, sugary sweets, or hydrogenated oils, your body’s metabolism will suffer.
Always eat when you are hungry
Times of hunger forces your body into “starvation mode.” No food equals very low metabolism, low energy, and low insulin levels. This actually slows down weight loss so your body can conserve energy for the body’s major organs. Starvation also causes loss of healthy muscle mass and dehydration. Always eat when you are hungry, about every 3 to 4 hours, especially if you’re active. Healthy snacking with Paleo is encouraged. Paleo-approved foods like salmon, nuts, and eggs all contain lean protein that help curb your appetite.
Fall in love with water
Dehydration, even mild, causes metabolism to slow down. Drinking 8 cups of water a day will allow your body to function at its best all day long. If you aren’t a fan of plain water, you can add lemon or lime juice and mint to give it a bit of flavor. Water is excellent for keeping your electrolyte levels in check. After all, our bodies are mostly made mostly of water. Snacks like fresh fruits and veggies offer hydration and a good dose of vitamin C; which also raises your metabolism.
Move that body
Exercise is great for raising and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Something simple as a 45 minute walk a day can help raise your metabolism. Choose a workout plan that is safe for you. Yoga, for example, is great for the whole body and it helps to de-stress. Stress lowers metabolism due to increased levels of the hormone cortisol. Try working out in the sun to rejuvenate the body and mind. If you can withstand it, consider working outside in cold temperatures. It has been shown to raise metabolism and helps to break down the “bad” fat in the body. Our early ancestors were lifting, walking, running, and building things all day long and in all kinds of elements.
Get your Z’s
Allow your body to get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Maintain a healthy bedtime routine where you go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Sleeping too much or sleeping too little causes your body’s metabolism to become imbalanced. Not getting enough shuteye also increases stress levels, which then lowers metabolism.