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Boosting Your Metabolism by Dr. Randy

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Boosting Your Metabolism by Dr. Randy

Too often I hear individuals blaming a low metabolism for their weight gain. Often time it is used as an excuse that they have heard from somewhere – most people don’t even know what their metabolic rate is or ever have it measured. Metabolism is the rate at which we burn calories and not everyone has the same metabolic rate. Heredity plays a factor, with age metabolism slows down, men generally burn more calories than women and the more lean body mass (muscle) you have the more calories you can burn.

So what can you do if you are over the age of 40, female (males also), don’t have a lot of muscle and have overweight parents because of low metabolism. The answer is really simple – exercise!!!! I know easier said than done but the only way you are going to change your metabolism is to change your body. Once you change your body, your metabolism is higher and you will burn more calories at rest (not doing a thing).

Do aerobic exercises that burn calories in the short term and strength train to burn calories over a longer time. Muscle burns more calories than fat (35 cals/day to 2 cals/day at rest), thus the more muscle the more calories you burn the less fat you will have. Also when you have more muscle you burn more calories while working out and during the recovery time after a workout. Keeping the digestive system working also keeps metabolism up. So you should eat more often (not more calories) to keep the engine running. Snack on high fiber and high protein foods, they tend require more energy to digest over a longer period of time.

So the excuse of low metabolism is not an legitimate excuse (unless it is a documented thyroid issue) plus it is something that can be overcome with WORK. The best way to keep metabolism revved: build muscles, snack on low-calorie, high-protein foods, and keep moving!

Make the most of the day you are given.

 

 

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