Lose Weight by Increasing Your Metabolism

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Some people are lucky to have fast metabolisms, others are not so lucky. Your metabolism is the speed at which your body can burn fat. Therefore, if you metabolism is fast, your body will burn fat at fast rates helping you to stay thin. If your metabolism is slower, your body will burn fat at a much slower rate, making it more difficult for you to lose weight. Even if you are one of the unlucky ones, there are ways to increase your metabolism – naturally.

You already know that an increased metabolism will help you to lose weight, but it will also help you to stay fit. Raising your metabolism is the only way to succeed at long-term weight loss and overall healthiness. Here is why. The best ways to raise your metabolism is to exercise, eat smaller portions, and eat more often throughout the day.

Eating smaller portions and eating more often throughout the day go hand-in-hand. Both, as you know, increase your metabolism. What happens is that you first learn to stop eating before you are too full. (Eating past this point is one of the main reasons for weight gain.)

Then, eating throughout the day, you never let your body get truly hungry. The hungrier you are when you eat, the more calories your body will store. If you lessen this hunger when you eat, your body naturally stores less of the calories and fat that you just ate. (Eating breakfast is also very important as it kicks your metabolism off to a quick start.)

Exercise increases your heart rate and your muscle mass (each will vary based on percentages that you are putting into cardiovascular and strength training). The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism works. Muscle burns fat much quicker than fat does; hence, exercise equals faster metabolism.

Implementing a personal fitness program in the morning will actually raise your metabolism for the remainder of the day. This is one of the main reasons exercise should be done first thing rather than waiting until evening. Everything you eat – throughout the day – is digested and burned at this higher rate of metabolism.

Decreasing portion size, increasing the number of meals in a given day, and implementing a personal fitness program will increase your metabolism. This type of lifestyle will help you to lose and maintain a healthy weight and BMI (Body Mass Index). The combination of these activities will help you to live a longer, much healthier life!

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