I was first introduced to Joey Shulman 5 years ago by my good friend, Moe. At that time, I was in desperate need of direction in terms of my nutrition and I needed someone who could sort of re-teach me the basics of a healthy, normal diet.
Fast-forward 5 years and now, Joey is the owner of her own weight loss clinic, she is a regular media personality on City-TV and the author of a few bestselling books. In her latest The Metabolism Boosting Diet, Joey shares her secrets on how to finally lose weight for life.
Watch out for our upcoming contest with Joey where you’ll get a chance to win her new book!
Interview with Joey Shulman DC, registered nutritionist
- Why is your metabolism so important?
Your metabolism is your “engine” that helps utilize your food efficiently as fuel. If your metabolic engine slows (due to stress, fatigue, faulty dietary patterns, lack of activity, age, yo yo dieting, etc.) chances are, you will likely gain weight in unwanted areas. The good news is – your metabolism is flexible and can be changed at any age.
- Joey, I’ve yo-yo’ed all my life, why is it harder for some people to lose weight and keep it off?
Weight loss takes the proper information and implementation. A lot of people tend to yo yo diet because emotions and food are related. For example, stressed, tired, bored, lonely – we eat! I am an emotional eater myself – but I know the ‘rules of the game” if you will. I also know that weight loss is much more than a game of mathematics – it is not just about counting calories. Timing of food, quality of food – it all matters.
- Is it true that some of us have slower metabolisms then others? Do women have a slower metabolism than men?
Yes – we do not all have the same metabolism – some are indeed faster than others. But…we do all have the capacity to speed up our metabolism.
- What are some of the ways you can boost your metabolism?
Read my book (hee hee – just kidding – but it is true!). if you want to boost your metabolism – the best “pointers I can give you are: only eat one selection of grain per day (make it prior to 3pm), drink 2 litres of water per day, watch your alcohol intake (I am not an advocate of daily drinking), eat a good amount of healthy fats in the form of oils and nuts and work out!
- Do b12 shots really help you lose weight?
No – there is no valid research on this.
- How long after working out is your metabolism boosted?
It is not a matter of time really – everyone differs. But lifting heavier weights than you are used to certainly does help to boost your metabolism.
- Does your metabolism slow down as you age?
It does – and we have to shift with our metabolism to avoid weight gain. However, the middle aged spread does not have to happen. I am a big advocate of eating in hormonal/blood sugar balance to lose the weight at any age. I f you sign up to www.drjoey.com – you will receive a free 7 day metabolic boosting meal plan so you can see what I am referring to.
- What are the top 10 metabolism boosting foods that will increase someone’s metabolism and help them lose weight?
Metabolic boosting foods include green tea, spices, and of course all protein sources such as eggs, fish, tuna, chicken, yogurt. Healthy fats such as monounsaturated and omega 3 fats – nuts, seeds, oils, avocados – have also been shown to be helpful with weight reduction.