Boost Your Metabolism With Chromium
Posted by Kate W on Friday, August 17th, 2012
I was a teenage girl in the early 1990s. It’s hard to be a teenage girl anyway: you have to deal with your changing body, fluctuating hormones, and other teenage girls who can be scarier than a tank full of sharks. But it was especially difficult during the era of heroin chic. Billboards and glossy magazine ads featured waifish models like Kate Moss with flat chests and angular, androgynous faces. Even though I was slim and athletic, I would never have been mistaken for a model. My legs were muscular from years of competitive tennis. I had developed early, and my generous chest meant that bralessness was not a good look on me, even at the tender age of 14. Millions of American women suffer from eating disorders; I was not one of them, but I came dangerously close when I started skipping breakfast and eating just dry bread and raw vegetables for lunch.
Then I got mononucleosis and a liver infection and really dropped some weight. I was so sick for four months I couldn’t swallow anything but juice and popsicles. I had already reached my adult height of 5’8” and over that time span I dropped from what I later realized was an enviable weight of 130 pounds to 98 pounds. When I was finally strong enough to get out of bed, I was horrified by how I looked. There wasn’t anything pretty about the way my ribs protruded from my back or the ways my eyes had sunken into my face. I embraced the task of eating to regain my natural weight.
Now, I definitely weigh quite a bit more than the 130 pounds of my youth. Years of office jobs as well as a recent pregnancy have changed my body shape and size. While I embrace my shape, I could stand to drop a few pounds. I don’t want to do this in order to embrace an unhealthy and unrealistic ideal; I just want to make sure I am strong and healthy so I can keep up with my daughter who is just weeks away from taking her first steps.
I don’t have a restrictive diet. I write down what I eat, because I believe in keeping myself accountable, but I’m not afraid to splurge every now and again. I work out by taking my daughter for walks or hitting the gym in the evenings when my husband comes home. And I take a chromium supplement. It improves metabolism of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, ensuring that the healthy calories I eat can be quickly broken down into energy. It also facilitates in the transport of amino acids which aid in muscle growth and repair so I can perform at my optimum athletic level. It also regulates blood sugar so I won’t succumb to junk food cravings brought on by sugar crashes. I don’t let how I look dictate my life; these days it’s all about how I feel. And the more fit I am, the better I feel.
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