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Boosting Metabolism to Lose Weight

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What is this metabolism, and how does it help you lose weight?

Metabolism refers to the way the body uses energy, which is measured in calories. The body uses calories in three ways: (1) to sustain vital body functions like breathing, heart rate, waste removal, cell growth and cell repair, even when at rest and accounting for up to 75% of the calories you burn daily, (2) for physical activity, and (3) for digestion and absorption of food, which uses about 10% of a day's calories.

The speed at which the body burns calories when at rest is called your resting metabolic rate (RMR). Everyone's RMR differs and may in part be genetically determined. Some lucky people really do have a higher metabolic rate than others and therefore burn more calories even while doing nothing. Reducing calorie intake below RMR is not a good way to lose weight, because your body then shifts into starvation mode, lowering your metabolic rate even more.

You are able to increase you metabolic rate safely with the following actions:

1. Do 30 minutes or more of aerobic activity at least four to five times a week. Try brisk walking, biking, dancing, or the cardio machines at the Y to burn calories and get hour heart pumping.

2. Strength-train two or three times a week to increase your lean muscle and the rate at which your body burns calories.

3. Do not wait more than five hours between meals (except at night). Skipping meals can slow your metabolism and deprive you of needed energy.

4. Eat breakfast to wake up your metabolism after a night's sleep. Having breakfast gives you energy and helps prevent overeating at your next meal.

Increasing your metabolism will give you more energy, help you feel more alive and lively, and burn more calories to help you lose weight. Adjusting your eating habits is easy, and increasing you exercise is fun. Start boosting you metabolism today!