Boost Your Metabolism To Meet Your Weight Loss Goals

Article Source: Metabolism Articles. Copyright 2009
Author: Carolyn Hansen

Carolyn Hansen is also the author of Hot Metabolism

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If you are wondering how you can boost your metabolism, chances are that you have heard that it is a great way to burn excess body fat. The good news is that this is actually true. The question is, how do you go about this?

Millions of people across the globe are currently on one kind of diet or another because they would like to lose weight so they can both look and feel better. Naturally enough, the topic of metabolism arises frequently in discussions of weight loss, and is the recipient of a lot of finger pointing by people who feel a crummy metabolism is the primary cause of their weight gain.

Often they are correct about this, but more than often they fail to recognize the cause of their plight.

If you think your metabolism may have slowed down in recent years, you may well be correct. If your own level of activity has dropped and you are over the age of 25 you will almost certainly be looking at a metabolic engine the size of which is decreasing every year.

Your metabolism, of course, is the sum of all the biochemical processes that convert the food you eat into energy and the building blocks your body requires for self maintenance.

Likewise, your metabolic rate is simply a measure of the speed at which your body burns fuel. It ticks over 24/7 and is may run faster or slower depending on what you are doing over the course of the day, and what you supply it in the form of food. Your body will take what it needs for immediate energy and bodily repair operations, and it will store any excess energy you supply it as fat.

Millions of years of evolution during times when food was scarce have made our bodies particularly good at storing, rather than wasting, excess energy. The growing epidemic of obesity that is upon us today is testament to this fact.

To achieve long term success managing your weight, no matter what your age, you need to begin by adopting the correct approach to the problem. If you are overweight, the real problem is that you have too much body fat compared to the amount of muscle tissue you possess. This problem is a body composition issue (muscle/body fat ratio) not merely a body fat issue. The way to correct this is to replace the muscle tissue that has been lost, since this is the principal cause for the drop in your metabolic rate. Muscle burns fat, so the higher your percentage of muscle tissue, the higher your metabolism will be.

For most people the metabolic decline that occurs over the years is the result of many causes, including inactivity, loss of muscle tissue, excess body fat, and restrictive dieting. Muscle toning exercise and eating correctly can rev up your metabolic rate, which means your body will burn more calories - even while at rest.

One of the newest approaches to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight focuses on boosting your metabolism through a proper exercise program performed 2-3 times per week.  If you put on just one or two kilos of body-shaping muscle it will have a huge impact on your metabolism. Do not worry, you will hardly know that it is there. It will be hidden underneath the fat but you will soon notice its calorie burning capacity when you start getting leaner.

For every kilogram of muscle tissue you put on, your metabolic rate increases by around 20 to 50 calories per day, and over a few weeks this can help burn up a substantial amount of body fat. It is best not to weigh yourself on the bathroom scales as your bodyweight may not change substantially while your body composition changes. The most important thing is that your body composition HAS changed, because you will have increased your muscle tissue and lost body fat at the same time.

This is a way better approach to getting rid of that unwanted fat, as opposed to starving it off. You will easily be able to turn your body into a more efficient fat burning machine and will be in better shape in no time at all.

If you eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day, made up of whole natural foods, this will increase your metabolic engine even more. In just a few months you will be pleasantly surprised how much different you look and feel. 
Make sure you get help from a fitness professional at your local gym to set up your program and get you started on the right path. Your program should contain strength training exercise to ensure you get the weight loss results you want by doing nothing more than boost your metabolism.

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