How can I jump-start my metabolism?
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?
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.