Lose weight by increasing your metabolism


The more muscles in your body, the more calories you will burn. Strength training with weights or other muscle building exercise turns your body into a calorie-burning furnace. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so converting fat to tissue via exercise is the best way to boost your metabolsim. Interval training has been found to burn the most calories quickly.


When you eat, you create “dietary-induced thermogenesis” – this is the heat your body creates during digestion. The best way to increase metabolism is by increasing exercise and building muscle mass. Add protein-rich foods and healthy fats to the diet and you will find yourself on the way to a healthy metabolism and quicker weight loss. Exercising after eating nearly doubles the calorie-burning effect.


Skipping meals, and having an empty stomach, will lower your metabolism by causing your body to conserve. Eat a few small meals through the day to keep your metabolism working and don’t skip breakfast. Get your metabolism going early in the day. Recent research on athletes found that eating snacks of 250 calories three times a day increased energy output.


Drinking water increases calorie burning. Two glasses of water increases the metabolic rate by 30% research has shown. Drinking six cups of water a day burns over 17,000 calories a year. Cold water uses more energy to digest than warm water.


Thiamine, or vitamin B1, is used by the nervous system and for muscle function. It also helps breakdown carbohydrates. Vitamin C helps build muscle bone cartilage, and blood vessels. Magnesium is needed in every cell of the muscles and nerves and most Americans are deficient in magnesium.


Our bodies need fat to function and healthy fats increase calorie burning. Healthy oils are found in flax seeds, hempseeds, olives, avocados, nuts, and some fish, for instance salmon and tuna. Coconut oil is a healthy fat with numerous other health benefits.


Possible medical problems reduce the metabolic rate

Certain medical conditions can reduce metabolism, such as thyroid problems and insulin-resistance. Simple blood tests are used for diagnosis and it’s a good idea to rule out a medical condition before changing diet or lifestyle.





Melanie Grimes
Melanie Grimes is a writer, medical editor and health educator. A classically trained homeopath, she has lectured internationally and been on faculty at Bastyr University, American Medical College of Homeopathy, and Seattle School of Homeopathy. She has been the editor of SImillimum, Journal of the Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and The American Homeopath, Journal of the North American Society of Homeopaths.

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