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 like them?

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.

Green Tea

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 health.

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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.