How To Increase Your Metabolism With Strength Training - Forget Dieting

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

Carolyn Hansen is also the author of Hot Metabolism

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The figures are overwhelming when it comes to weight loss. Only 2 to 3 percent of those who go on a diet actually manage to maintain their weight loss. The remainder gain the weight (fat) back again, and often they gain back more than they originally lost. The reason for this is that diets do not speed up your metabolism. The result is that, statistically speaking, the average dieter will start and stop four diets every year.

No one who attempts to lose weight and ends up failing, is proud of their accomplishment. But as we have seen, about 98 percent of dieters WILL fail to meet their goal of sustained fat loss. So what is the answer?

The answer is simply this: forget dieting. It just does not work.

Those who DO engage in one attempt after the next to diet believe that this time it is going to work, this is the time they will stick to the plan, this new diet or pill will actually work. But it rarely ever turns out this way.

So what is it that goes wrong? Why does every diet fail to meet the goal of the dieter?

The answer is that diets do not work because they do not deal with the underlying issue responsible for the steady accumulation of excess body fat.

Our modern lifestyles are at the center of the problem. We have removed almost all of the physical struggle for survival that honed our biochemistry during the millions of years of evolution that preceded the agricultural revolution that is a mere 10,000 years old - the blink of an eye in evolutionary terms. We sit when we eat, drive, work, attend happy hour, watch TV… Then after all that sitting around we go and lay down to sleep. And so it goes, each and every day of the week, and month of every year.

The end result of this "leisurely" modern lifestyle is that our metabolic engines quickly cycle to a near crawl as we age. As we pass our 20's and begin losing muscle mass due to the inactivity, our metabolism (the rate at which the body burns fuel) shrinks and we burn fewer and fewer calories every year. Unfortunately by the time this begin happening we have already learned to enjoy the "healthy" modern day appetite that allows us to consume more calories than we need for survival purposes.

So what seems the logical response to gaining weight? Why, limiting food intake, of course. But this makes the situation worse, rather than better, because it slows down the metabolism even further (sensing the "famine" scenario that plagued us for most of our evolutionary history, our body's attempt to get by on few calories, reserving as much as possible as body fat to help us survive the current "food drought"). The result is that you end up feeling fatigued due to low energy levels, you feel down and depressed, and with an hour by hour battle of willpower and little to no motivation left, not only for physical activity, but for everything else life has to offer you, you cave - you begin eating again. You toss that crummy diet book out the window!

So what is the answer, if it is not dieting?

Rather than slow down your metabolism, you need to learn how to increase your metabolism. We all need to get our brains around the reality that we need some sort of physical activity in our lives if we are to maintain a slim, strong and energetic self. Being inactive will cause you to age prematurely and will expose you to an ever greater danger of illness that can easily shorten your life expectancy.
The way to increase your metabolism is to establish and maintain a suitable workout regimen that incorporates at least 60 percent strength training. This will help to reverse this situation and reconstruct an adequate metabolic engine. You will need to incorporate strength training into your schedule. No other exercise will give you the same results. Certainly not low-impact cardio exercise, such as walking, cycling, or swimming. You need to add exercises designed specifically to add muscle to your frame.

It is important that you seek advice from a fitness professional. They can advise you about the right exercise program for your needs. Just 2-3 sessions each week are all that is required to revitalize and restore a deflated metabolism. Add small meals throughout each day. Meals based on natural whole foods will help to support your exercise regimen. As you increase your metabolism, you will begin to feel better and will gradually see your excess body fat peel away; all without the need for dieting.

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