Metabolism – How to Kick Start it?

Metabolism – How to Kick Start it?

Friday, 03 January 2014 15:39

On 12 Dec 2013 Kylie B. wrote:

Hi Mark,

I am wondering if you could suggest something to kick start my metabolism.

I am a 40 year old overweight woman working 16 hour days and looking after 4 boys (this includes my husband). I have been a yoyo dieter since I was 14 years old have always lost the weight and have always gained it again. I have recently given up my ever loved ciggies but can’t help with the weight.


Rundown of my day;

Embracing the sun before I go to work (short walk around the oval)

07:30 am       Breaky         cereal ½ banana 1 coffee ½ sugar and milk

10.30 am       Smoko         green tea and dry bickie and cheese

02.00 pm       Lunch          2 pieces of fruit and small salad ½ avo or sandwich

07.30 pm       Tea              something with salad chic, fish, steak or pasta

10:00 pm                           cup of normal tea (no sugar)

I try to use lemon and chilly in a lot of my dishes as I was told this was good.

This is an average day give or take, I also must say not every morning I start with a walk 3 out 5 mostly and in the afternoon I do weight band exercises and small walks between reps, again 3 out of 5 days

I drink on the weekend as in 3-4 wines Friday and Saturday each night on average, and maybe a few gin and tonics the I require it.

Can you suggest anything I can do to help kick start my body?




Hi Kylie

Great to hear from you. To be perfectly honest, I don't think your issue is as simple as finding food ways to stimulate your metabolism. In fact, based on what you have outlined in terms of your diet, it is reasonably healthy, apart from the sugar/hidden sugar & most importantly the fact that you hardly have anything for lunch and have your main meal/heavier food at dinner. This is disastrous and something I'd definitely try and reverse (yes I know this is hard with your current work situation etc). Basically, I don't think your problem it's likely to mainly be a food/diet issue at all.

Again, while I appreciate the enormous difficulty practically speaking of doing what I'm about to say, it needs to be said. Working 16 hours a day makes it almost impossible to have a balanced physiology that will naturally maintain the right hormone balance etc and thus weight. If the 16 hours were completely stress-free and full of joyful fulfillment that would be another thing. But I suspect with your history of 'yoyo' dieting and weight loss/weight gain, that there is some lifestyle stress or emotional issues involved. As I always say, it's impossible to be too specific from emails and I always believe it's best for such things to see a trained practitioner one on one so they can get to the root cause of such things, however, that's just what I'm suspecting. So apart from food changes - making your main meal at lunch and having a lighter dinner with more easily digested foods, decreasing sugar intake and trying to increase your general exercise/activity level (maybe reading my 'Working Smarter Not Harder' article so that you can maybe get more work done in less time or in ways that you can get your body moving more (the best way to stimulate one's metabolism) that would be good.

Other than that I would be focusing on trying to reduce the work hours, stress generally (looking at stress management techniques such as meditation/yoga and most importantly focus on how you can optimise your health rather than losing weight.

I know this is probably the answer you are expecting, or maybe what you wanted to hear, but I hope in the long run it might be of some help. I certainly don't think suggesting a few food that increase metabolism is ultimately the answer for you. But just out of interest, here are some ways to best stimulate metabolism.

All the best and good health.

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.