The secret to a fast metabolism
In my late teens, I was obsessed with dieting and counting calories. I lived off low-fat yogurt and carrot sticks until a concerned friend (thankfully) referred me to a dietitian.
“Restricting food this much won’t help you lose weight,” the dietitian told me. “You’re actually slowing down your metabolism.” She taught me to respond to my body’s hunger cues and eat properly, which included having a variety of healthful, whole foods whenever I felt hungry. These are principles I’ve used to successfully manage my weight ever since.
Your metabolism drops two percent each decade after you hit your 20s, but that does not mean you have to resign yourself to gaining weight. Here are 10 simple ways to keep that internal flame burning: