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Want to Increase Your Metabolism?

Posted 01-17-2013 at 01:09 PM by ChristaIB
Updated 10-17-2013 at 10:47 AM by ChristaIB

Are you one of those people that gains weight with even the smallest indulgence? The speed of your metabolism has a lot to do with weight gain. A sluggish metabolism allows you to eat only a limited number of calories, and you can easily gain weight if you eat more. People who seem to be able to eat without limiting their calorie intake probably have a higher metabolism. The good news – you can stimulate your metabolism with these easy tips:

TIP #1: Rev up Your Metabolism by Exercising More

When you exercise on a regular basis, you not only burn more calories, you boost your metabolism. Cardio workouts are your best choice for increasing the rate of your metabolism. Here is a bonus tip: Once you start exercising regularly, your metabolism will burn at a faster rate even while you are at rest. However, it’s important to mix it up by varying your exercise routine to challenge your body in different ways. If you do the same old exercises every day, your body can fall into the exercise routine trap and level off at fitness plateaus. For this reason, it is important to get your heart pumping in new ways.

TIP #2: Eat Smaller Amounts More Often

Avoid eating three large meals per day. Instead, you should try to eat 4-5 smaller meals throughout the day. You might think of this as eating two small meals and and 2-3 snacks. It may seem counter-intuitive that eating more often will speed up your metabolism, but it works! Your metabolism revs up in response to receiving small amounts of "fuel" several times a day. This incremental increase in the energy burned while your body digests smaller amounts of food helps to burn calories, which helps you lose weight.

TIP #3: Change What You Eat

Certain foods help increase your metabolism. Proteins, for example, require a lot of energy to metabolize. Refined carbohydrates, on the other hand, are metabolized very quickly as simple sugars and can be turned very efficiently into body fat. Try to avoid eating starchy and sweet carbohydrates. Replace all cookies, cakes, chips, crackers or breads with vegetables and proteins (try carrot sticks and hummus or celery sticks and peanut butter), and you might notice you are losing weight.
When you are grocery shopping, start in the “fresh food” aisles and choose whole foods instead of processed foods. Whole foods require more energy for your body to assimilate than processed foods. Whole fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, will always require more energy to burn than the convenient foods you eat from packages. A

Bonus Tip: Increase your intake of spices, which have a low caloric content, because they are known to enhance your metabolism.

Sample meal the low-carb way: Consider eating grilled fish or chicken with seasoning as your main course and add steamed green vegetables and a crispy salad on the side. Replace rice or potato side dishes with some cut carrot sticks or cherry tomatoes dipped in salad dressing.

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  1. Old Comment
    These are all good ideas, though nothing new (oh yes-- the increase spices suggestion is new!) But what if you are hungry for all the wrong foods? What if eating a salad and chicken breast is not satisfying? Makes the article seem defeating.
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    Posted 02-01-2013 at 04:18 AM by poetpm poetpm is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Protein will satisfy you if you're hungry. These foods won't satisfy cravings. Those types of cravings are caused by simple carbs and sugars. The more of those you eat, the more you will crave. Once you wean yourself off of them, you will crave them less.

    The points made above are good. However, carbs are completely cut out. Your body needs the energy from carbs. Hence a small portion of complex carbs is ok, according to what I've read up on.
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    Posted 02-01-2013 at 05:21 PM by Naonah Naonah is offline
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    All very good ideas. But what about the person who can't stop eating or eats and then throws up in order to avoid gaining weight? For them these ideas are useless. If anyone feels like they are in this category try Overeaters Anonymous (OA) go to [url]www.oa.org[/url] for more information.
    OA is a 12 step program based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.
    It works, if you work it.
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    Posted 02-02-2013 at 11:05 PM by anylength anylength is offline
 

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