Build a Better You by Controlling Your Metabolism!

Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. Some folks are blessed with a rapid metabolism however most people have to build a better metabolism in order to lose weight and stay fit. A stronger metabolism can make it possible for you to lose weight without starving yourself.

Your metabolism benefits from developed muscle groups and the best form of exercise to improve and increase lean muscle is fitness training. Muscle mass is the most important factor in determining the amount fat your burn during the day. The more lean muscle you have, the higher the metabolism you cultivate, which leads to more efficient fat burning.

By doing too much cardiovascular exercise, being inactive or just by growing older, you can lose muscle. For example even by just age 25 you start to lose around 1-2% of muscle mass each year. Over the course of your lifetime you can lose as much as 40-50% of your muscle mass.

Doing resistance training a minimum of three times a week in fifteen minute increments is essential. Your plan should include a full body workout that is progressively more difficult. If you do the same exercises every day or practice high reps with light weights, you not following an effective plan and you are missing out on benefits that aid in creating a stronger metabolism.

If you think that you are too busy to eat or that eating less is going to help you lose weight, you may be deluding yourself. When you restrict your calorie intake, it reduces your metabolism by at least 30%. By not eating enough, you cause your body to go into a mode of starvation and start conserving calories. This means that it holds onto the fat and uses muscle instead, leading to a slowed metabolism.

Eating the right amount of food every few hours will provide your body with the fuel it needs to keep you feeling energized. Also, it can help maintain muscles to keep your metabolism strong.

If you are not getting the proper nutrients this may cause a 30% decline in muscle mass and result in a slower metabolism. It is best to eat raw and health foods rich in nutrients to help boost your metabolism.

A big part of what I offer at Body Tempo Health and Fitness is support and consultation on maintaining a healthy metabolism. Come and see me or call me to have a chat about how to get you back on the right track!
February 23, 2015 by Erin Crawford
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