How to Boost Your Metabolism
Everyone who has ever had a weight problem has wanted to know how to
boost their metabolism. You probably know people who seem to be able to
eat anything and everything without putting on a pound. Why can’t you be
There are some differences in genetics that account for people’s
metabolisms. Men will nearly always be leaner than women but they
require more calories because they have a higher muscle mass. That
should give you a clue about one of the ways to raise your metabolism.
Your metabolism has to do with the number of calories burned by the
cells of your body. We are usually referring to the resting metabolism.
Everyone burns extra calories when they are exercising. It is the
calories burned when the body is at rest that varies significantly
enough to make weight loss harder or easier for some people.
Muscle tissue can be described as “more active”. Muscle cells burn
more calories than other cells of the body, even when your body is at
rest. Fat cells are relatively inactive. So, by increasing your muscle
mass, you boost your resting metabolism. You burn more calories when you
are sitting around doing nothing.
Exercise & Strength Building
Aerobic exercise is an important part of any weight loss or weight
maintenance plan. You burn more calories during aerobic activity than
during other types of exercise. But strength-building or muscle-building
activities are also beneficial and not just for boosting your muscle
mass or resting metabolism.
Strength-building and weight-bearing exercises have proven to be
beneficial for reducing the risk of osteoporosis in women. Osteoporosis is a
condition sometimes experienced by elderly people; their bones become
more brittle and more easily broken. Broken bones can lead to
complications that can result in death.
Strength-building exercises also make it easier to do all of your
daily tasks. Carrying groceries up the stairs is easier. Bathing the
dogs is easier. Everything is easier because you have more strength.
Although there are many products (mostly supplements) on the market
that are supposed to boost your metabolism, none of them have
scientifically proven benefits. Practically all of them are accompanied
by some risks. For example, many of them contain large amounts of
caffeine that can cause insomnia, anxiety and even heart problems.
If you want to try something to eat or drink, try green tea. Drink
two or three cups a day, unsweetened, and see what happens. There is
less caffeine in a cup of green tea than in a cup of coffee. There is
some evidence that drinking green tea helps you burn more fat and the
beverage is also a source of unique antioxidants that are good for your
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This information is in no way intended to be a
substitute for professional advice. Consult your physician before starting
a new regimen, fitness plan or diet.