Saturday, November 15, 2008

Simple steps to speed up your metabolism

Do you ever wonder why some people can eat whatever they want and not get fat; it’s their metabolism. The faster it is, the more calories you burn.

How fast is your metabolism?

Metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns to maintain itself. While sitting, sleeping, or being active your body is constantly burning calories to keep you going.

Unfortunately each decade after the age of 40 the average person will burn 2 to 5 % less calories due to the loss of muscle mass. This translates into about a pound a year of weight gain.

The good news is you don’t have to sit back and let it happen, your destiny is truly in your hands.

So here are 4 simple steps to speed up your metabolism:

1. Eat more protein; your body uses more energy to process protein than fat, or carbohydrates. You can burn up to twice as many calories consuming protein verses the same amount of carbohydrates. By replacing just 14 % of the carbohydrates you consume with protein can translate into an extra 150 to 300 calories a day.

2. Drink teas, catechins found in oolong, and green tea will speed up your metabolism. Drink just one large cup of oolong tea and you will boost your metabolism by 10 %. One large cup of green tea will boost your metabolism by 4 %; if you drink 3 to 4 cups a day you could burn an extra 50 calories a day.

3. Drink ice cold water, your metabolism depends on water to work. But drinking 5 to 6 glasses of ice-cold water a day could help you burn an extra 10 calories a day. This may not seem like much but that’s 1 pound a year with no effort on your part.

4. Lift weights, for every 3 lbs of lean muscle you add to your body you will increase your calorie burn by 6 to 8 % that’s about 100 extra calories a day. Not to mention you will feel, and look better. You should be strength training at least 3 days a week for at least one half hour per workout.

When you diet you drop your resting metabolic rate, for ever pound you loose it drops about 5 to 10 calories a day. This is why it’s important to loose fat but gain lean muscle to keep the weight off and stay healthy in the long run.

I personally follow each and every one of these basic tips and it has served me well.

Do you incorporate any of these tips in your daily life?

If so how do they work for you?

Want to know more? See- The middle aged spread stress and belly fat

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