Saturday, January 15, 2011

Metabolism Boosters

I just read a bunch of "ideas" of what could be possible metabolism boosters. These seem to be of interest to those of us wanting instant gratification on the scale. (not going to happen, I get that). Some of the ideas seem plausible, but I just read of one that I thought was hilarious.

Coconut oil. Granted it does more than just boost the metabolism. This is part of what I read.

Coconut oil also helps to balance hormones, stabilize blood sugar levels and boost the cellular healing process. It is also known to stimulate the thyroid and reduce stress on the liver and pancreas. This increases metabolism which helps us burn fat far more effectively while stimulating clean sources of energy that make us feel terrific.

Okay, coconut oil is 120 calories a tablespoon. I went on to read this:

Based on body size, an average adult of 150 lbs should consume about 3 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily.

Wow. So in order for me to get the healthy benefits and boost my metabolism, I need to consume at least 5 tablespoons of the stuff? That's 600 calories, half my allotted calories. I suppose if I just at coconut oil salads all day it would work, huh?

That's okay, I think I'll pass.

The best thing I read was this:

Note that foods can increase your metabolism only marginally. Only the lifestyle changes can make a dramatic effect on metabolism.

Exercise and building muscle. That's the way to do it. One push up and squat at a time! Eventually it will pay off.

Today's Eats:
Granola Bar = 200
Culvers Chili = 340
Salad = 120
2 Broccoli turkey wraps = 450
Apple with PB2 = 150
Total = 1260 calories
Water = Got a late start but got it all in!

We ate out for lunch. One of my favorite hamburger places. Culvers. Home of the Butterburger. Even the lowest calorie sandwiches are like 1/2 of my allotted calories for the day and I had already eaten a 200 calorie granola bar while flying out of the house.  So here it is, only 11 am but everyone else was eating lunch. So I ordered the chili. It was okay and it filled me up but I was annoyed to be at 540 calories before noon. 

Saturday is the night that I usually stay up late too.  I was hoping to make up for the calorie overage yesterday but I got hungry and ate an evening snack around 7:30 of an apple and PB2.  So I went over on calories. Again. 

 Now, here it is 10:30 and I'm hungry again!  Grr.  Here I am looking at recipes and planning next weeks meals and making grocery lists. And I'm hungry.  The scale better be nice tomorrow.  :-)


  1. You food for the day looks good, Debbi. Stick with it. I had late night munchies too but had a couple of pecans to to hold me off. I think a big key for me is to start my food later in the day and to PLAN PLAN PLAN. I do much better when I have a plan in place WOW on the coconut oil. I guess that might be something that people doing Atkins would love but I'll stick with a small amount of olive oil for cooking.

  2. Damn, I was hoping the coconut oil was a cure all. ;-) Don't fret about the chili, I'm pretty impressed as I know how delectable Culvers is...

    Polar's Mom

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