Nutritionist and wellness specialist Dr. Sneha Tyrewala
The vivacious America returned health consultant, Dr Sneha Tyrewala is the go-to for countless celebrities from Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha to Shaira and Ahmed Khan and Daisy Shah. “You owe it to yourself to feel amazing for the person you are,” she declares with a wave of her expressive hands, adding that all her celeb clients—including Jessica Alba and Hillary Duff—follow her seven step guide to improve their self-image and figure. “We are what eat and wear. Our body is an amazing adaptable machine completely and utterly dependent on how we treat it and what is put into it.” Read on…
Don’t forget breakfast
Breakfast kick starts your day into action, so skipping this first meal of the day can pretty much wreak havoc on your metabolism. You want to make sure you’re breaking the fast by having a meal that combines protein, healthy fat, fiber and greens. I recommend an egg omelet (using full eggs) with avocado and vegetables or a fructose-free smoothie with almond butter or a dosa with cabbage sabzi and sambar. Not a breakfast person? Try blending up some coffee. Let it cool and pour it into a blender with ice cubes and a teaspoon of coconut oil. This “clean latte” will detoxify your body first thing in the morning and rev up your metabolism until lunchtime.
Follow the 4-6 hour rule
Most people think eating lots of small meals through the day is the best way to boost metabolism. I say there’s even greater benefit giving your body time between meals. Breaks are good. Aim for a 4-6 hour window between meals. This increases the surge in human growth hormone and testosterone that help you lose weight and maintain lean muscle mass. However, listen to what your body needs. You aren’t doing it right if you feel like you’re starving between meals. In that case you probably need to add more healthy fats to your meals to keep you satiated longer.
Sweat it out
So we’ve covered a few eating tips for boosting your metabolism for quick weight loss. But what about working out, you ask? As far as workouts go, alternate between high intensity interval training one day, lifting weights another day and staying active throughout the day, every day. High intensity interval training puts your body through bursts of difficult cardio, which has major muscle-building and fat-burning benefits. Lifting weights will increase your muscle mass allowing your body to burn calories more effectively through the day. Finally, staying active through the day help to regularly metabolize the food you eat. Because, if you think about it, you aren’t really living an active lifestyle if you work out really hard for one hour then to sit for the remaining 10 hours of the day.
Up your intake of H2O
If you feel even just a little bit thirsty, it might mean that you’ve run the risk of slowing down your metabolism that day. In fact, studies have shown that if you’re chronically dehydrated, it can mean up to an 8-pound weight gain or more per year. If that’s not a good enough reason to drink water, I don’t know what is! If you get bored of drinking plain water all day long, try one of these fruit infused waters. I personally love drinking green tea all day.
Eat healthy fats
Adding a source of healthy fat to each of your meals will keep you full longer and give you sustained energy while your body digests. Not only will you not crave snacks in between meals—allowing your metabolism to burn the energy from the meal you just ate—but you will lose weight too! My favorite healthy fats are avocado (probably my favorite food ever), almond butter, coconut oil and ghee. Yes, you are allowed one spoon of ghee in your meal!
Spice things up
Did you know that some of your favorite spices can actually up your metabolism? Adding certain spices to your recipes can stimulate circulation in the body and even detoxify cells. My favorite metabolism boosting spices are turmeric, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cayenne and cinnamon. I love having Cayenne Lemon Ginger Honey Water first thing every morning.
Log in enough zzzs
Getting enough sleep not just keeps your hormones in check but also keeps you mentally alert and fires up your metabolism for the day. Your muscles and digestive system need rest and restoration, and that’s exactly what happens when you snooze. You’re also more likely to have more energy through the day and avoid late-night snacking the night before. Aim for seven or eight hours every night for a speedy metabolism.
Stick to these seven celebrity guidelines and I promise you’ll be feeling like you’re using energy more efficiently, burning through your meals and losing weight faster than ever.