How can I jump-start my me­tab­o­lism?

First For Women - - Nutrition -

Q:

I was steadily los­ing three to four pounds a week on a low-carb diet, but the scale has been stuck for the past month. What can I do to bust through this plateau?

A:

When weight loss stalls, it’s often a sign of de­clin­ing lev­els of adiponectin. This me­tab­o­lism-revving hor­mone is pro­duced and se­creted by fat cells. So as you shrink your fat stores, your fat cells’ out­put of this hor­mone naturally drops. For­tu­nately, it’s easy to get your slim­down back on track with a two-pronged strat­egy:

(1) Aim to con­sume at least two 1-cup serv­ings of cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles like broc­coli, cau­li­flower and kale daily. The sul­fur com­pounds in these in-sea­son gems stim­u­late fat cells’ pro­duc­tion of adiponectin, plus im­prove the liver’s abil­ity to burn fat. In one study, this ef­fect helped di­eters lose 45% more weight than those who didn’t eat the veg­gies.

(2) En­joy two to three serv­ings of foods rich in mo­noun­sat­u­rated fat, such as al­monds, olive oil and av­o­ca­dos. This healthy fat tells fat cells to pro­duce more adiponectin, in­creas­ing lev­els of the hor­mone by as much as 60% to boost your me­tab­o­lism.

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