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How to Speed up Metabolism

26 December, 2012

Knowing how to increase metabolism starts with understanding what it is and how it works. Metabolism is the process that your body utilizes to break down the carbs, proteins and fats in food you eat to release the energy that it needs to keep itself going. The speed at which this happens is called metabolic rate. The food you eat thus determine the shape and size and general state of your body.

Eat To Speed Up Metabolism

How it that possible? To better understand the reasoning behind this trick, let’s take a crash course on dieting and how to increase metabolism.
Everyone has a certain amount of calories that they must consume in order for their bodies to function properly. This is called the Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR. You can find BMR calculators online, or you can quickly estimate your BMR by using this simple system:

* 12 to 13 calories per pound of body weight will result in weight loss.
* 15 to 16 calories per pound of body weight will result in weight maintenance.
* 17 to 18 calories per pound of body weight will result in weight gain.

Dieting can lower your BMR by 20 – 30%. Very low-calorie diets  or starvation diets, result in the most damage. A healthy, active 150 pound person needs approximately 2,200 calories per day to maintain their body weight. If that same person goes on a low-calorie diet, they will maintain their body weight on a mere 1,870 calories.
Now let’s say that person decides to lose a few pounds. If the dieter has a healthy metabolism, they can lose weight by consuming 1,800 calories a day. But with a diet-damaged metabolism, that dieter will need to drop their daily calorie consumption to 1,260. That’s bordering on dangerously low.

Eating to Speed Up Metabolism

So, learn how to increase metabolism after years of ravaging diets! You need to nourish your body to encourage it to heal. It’s not as easy as it sounds though as when you start to eat normally again, you will almost certainly gain weight. This quick gain scares many dieters, sending them back to the near-starvation diets they’ve grown accustomed to.

But if you can just wait it out, the scale will start to move in the right direction once more. Remember, it took your body a while to reset its metabolic rate to a slower speed. It will take just as long, if not longer, for it to speed back up again.
There are some things you can do to minimize the waiting period. First, calculate how many calories you would need with a healthy BMR. Start eating that number of calories each day. It might feel like a lot of food at first, but just remember that your body is repairing itself, so it needs plenty of fuel.

Instead of digesting three large meals several hours apart, allow your body to burn food throughout the day by eating 5 or 6 small meals. Take at least half of your calories from whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try to eat some lean protein at each meal.
It might take longer than you like to see a weight loss with this method, but the loss you do attain will be a healthy and permanent one. Some habitual dieters are able to speed up their metabolisms in weeks. Others take months. Your individual success will depend on age, genetics, and adherence to the plan.

Exercising to Speed Up metabolism

Metabolic rate decreases with a decrease in muscle mass. Therefore, increasing muscle mass increases metabolism and thus the amount of calories the body will burn at rest! Always remember that a pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day.
So, be sure to get a little physical activity each day, even if it’s just a half-hour walk after dinner. Add in some meditation and deep, mindful breathing to alleviate stress. Now you’ve got all the bases covered: food, energy, and oxygen. All three are vital for maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Remember: Diets slow down metabolism, but it can be repaired! Give your body small doses of fuel throughout the day, plus the movement and oxygen it needs. This is a simple, proven trick on how to increase metabolism.

About Author: Frank Girard (14 Posts)

Frank Girard is a health educator and expert in the field of weight loss and dieting. He has over 10 years of experience in writing obesity-related articles in various magazines and blogs.


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