"Oh-oh, my metabolism is drooping, that means weight gain." How about using metabolism boosters to get that metabolism up to where it helps you lose weight instead of to gain it?
Metabolism boosters are not some kind of pill. They are anything that will speed up your metabolic rate (the speed at which your body burns calories).
You want a faster metabolism because the faster your body burns calories, the more weight and fat you lose. That's a good thing.
In other words, fat is created by the extra calories that your body does not burn through activity. If you use more calories than consume, then your body is forced to burn fat (instead of store it) in order to function. That is what causes weight and fat loss.
Almost everybody already knows that you need a good diet and weight-loss exercise program to really lose weight.
However, most people don't realize that a good way to lose weight quicker is to speed up your metabolism. Once you have a fast metabolism, it will be easier to lose weight. A faster metabolism causes the body to burn fat, even while you are sleeping.
Okay, let's get down to the nitty-gritty.
3 Ways To Increase Your Metabolic Rate
1. Stay physically active.
Activity is a great metabolism booster...it increases your metabolic rate naturally. We were not created to be couch potatoes. Our bodies were made to move and be active.
Why is our nation having these incredible weight and health problems that didn't exist a century ago? What's the difference between how we live now and how they lived then? We have become a sitting and watching society instead of a moving and participating society. So keep your body moving for faster and healthier weight loss.
Exercise increases muscle tone and burns calories at the same time. A good exercise program will increase your metabolic rate, and your health.
Proper weight-resistant exercises are great metabolism boosters for both men and women. Many women are afraid that if they use weights they will end up looking manly. But you don't have to worry about that. You were not designed to have big muscles like a man. Women who do are exercising excessively and may be taking a little something to get those large muscles.
Firmer muscles will turn your body into a fat-burning machine...even while you sleep. Did you know that, on the average, a pound of muscle burns approximately 50 calories a day compared to a pound of body fat that burns only around 2 calories a day.
2. Avoid refined sugar.
We all know that, if you are trying to lose weight, refined sugar and simple carbohydrates equal weight-loss suicide. However, did you know that they also cause extra damage to your weight-loss efforts through the slowing of your metabolism?
So, replace refined sugar with healthy carbohydrates:
- Wild rice
- Brown rice
- Whole wheat (not too much)
3. Eat a good metabolism-booster breakfast.
Start your day right with a metabolism-booster breakfast. Here's what I do:
My daily breakfast includes oatmeal with dried cranberries (no sugar) and egg whites. I have been eating this way for years and always have a high energy level. Some people would get bored with a breakfast like that, but I enjoy the benefits too much to give it up.
Well, I do cheat...but just a little. I eat eggs, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy once a week when my wife and I go out to breakfast after church. I have such a high metabolism through regular exercise and eating right that my occasional "binges" don't cause me any problems. And I enjoy them.
The above information should give you a good start on increasing your metabolism. Just stick in there and never give up! You will win the weight-loss battle. Best wishes for faster and healthier weight loss.
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