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Steps To Increase My Metabolism

Steps To Increase My Metabolism
By Andrew Bicknell

In the never ending quest to loose weight people try all sorts
of different diets, exercise routines and weight loss
supplements. What most people don’t realize is that if they are
asking the question, “what are the steps to increase my
metabolism?” The answer is usually a combination of those three

Many others who have tried to loose weight and not succeeded
may also ask “why is it important to increase my metabolism?” If
you understand what metabolism is then you come to realize how
important it is when it comes to loosing weight. Metabolism is
quite simply the rate at which your body burns calories. The
more calories burn the more weight you can loose. There is a
catch, you have to burn more calories then you consume. Now the
amount of calories the human body burns can vary depending on
any number of factors including age, weight, hormonal changes,
diet, and fitness level.

While there isn’t much you can do about your age and hormonal
changes as you age is a subject best discussed with a doctor you
can take steps to control your weight and increase your
metabolism with diet and exercise.

When it comes to diet and your metabolism the first thing to
understand is how many calories you are eating. The more
calories you eat the more calories you need to burn in order to
loose or maintain a certain weight. If you live a completely
sedentary life your body only needs around 1500 calories a day
to exist. The problem is it is very easy to eat 1500 or more
calories in just one meal. In fact a normal candy bar contains
anywhere from 250-350 calories. As you lead a more active life
style the calories needed to maintain your weight go up, but it
is important to remember that any excess calories will be stored
as fat.

With diet it is important to eat healthy and nutrient dense
foods. Foods that contain high sugar concentrations put great
stress on the body and are quickly and easily converted to fat
stores. It has been theorized in scientific studies that there
are foods that actually require more calories to digest then
they themselves contain. These negative calorie foods are mainly
from the fruits and vegetables families and it is thought they
cause a calorie deficit because of their high fiber content.

Aerobic and resistance exercise is another step to increase
metabolism. Exercise places stress on the muscular and
cardiovascular systems causing them to adapt and grow stronger.
Part of this process involves the burning of calories, not only
during the exercise routine but also post-workout. This
post-workout metabolism increase happens because the body is
recovering from the stress places on it by the workout. What
most people don’t realize is that lifting weights actually
breaks down the muscle being used. After the workout the body
rebuilds the muscles to be bigger and stronger and to do this
requires energy in the form of calories burned.

So if you are asking yourself “what are the steps to increase
my metabolism?” It is actually quite simple. Eat a healthy diet
of nutritious food and start an exercise program that
incorporates both aerobic exercise and resistance training.

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