Raise Your Metabolism
Raise Your Metabolism
by Posblo Keatler
Metabolism is defined as the amount of calories, or energy, that your body needs to function. The higher your metabolism, the less likely you are to have extra body fat. Increasing your metabolism is a very effective way to lose weight.
Your body expends calories for everything it does including digesting food. It especially needs calories to maintain healthy muscle, to keep your heart healthy, and to keep your kidneys, liver and other organs in good working order. When you burn more calories than you take in, the result is lost weight and less body fat.
There are a variety of ways to boost your metabolism. The healthier you are, the more calories you will burn. Good nutrition combined with regular exercise, you can increase your metabolism enough to let you eat what you want without gaining too much weight.
Protein takes more calories for your body to digest and process. Many raw fruits and vegetables also need a lot of calories to fully digest. When the foods you eat cause your body to burn more calories to process them, you actually boost your metabolism by simply eating.
Exercise is the most important factor in increasing your metabolism. Your body's muscles need more to function, and the more toned muscle you have, the more calories your body burns. Get involved in aerobic exercise such as walking, running, swimming, cycling, or aerobics for at least 30 to 60 minutes every day, especially in the morning hours. Increasing your aerobic activity will directly increase your body's metabolic activity. Try to squeeze in an extra 15 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise in the evening hours at least five days a week.
Incorporate intervals training into most of your aerobic sessions. Intervals are a great way to help boost your metabolism. Interval training involves adding a brief 1 minute interval of aerobic activity for every 10 minutes of your regular workout routine.
Do not skip meals and make sure you always eat a healthy breakfast. Skipping breakfast sends your body a message that you are in starvation mode since you haven't eaten in nearly 18 hours (if you count dinner the night before to lunch the following day). Because of this, your metabolism will begin to slow down as a protective measure.
Search for new ways to get your body moving. Park in the farthest parking spot at work or at the store instead of driving around looking for a spot close to the door. Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. The more you make your body work, the higher your body's metabolism will soar!
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