Jump Start Your Metabolism With Strength Training

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

Carolyn Hansen is also the author of Hot Metabolism

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No doubt you are familiar with the concept of the metabolism - the rate at which our bodies convert food into energy and the building blocks we use to construct replacement cellular structure and the enzymes that control the various biochemical processes that keep us alive. So how do you keep it running efficiently?

The key thing to keep in mind when it comes to weight loss is that the faster your metabolism, the more quickly you burn off the energy you have taken into your body. This is important, because what you do not burn off you keep - in the form of excess body fat.

You can think of your metabolism as the motor that powers every cell within your body. Everything you devour goes into a metabolic container that maintains a smooth operating motor. Your metabolic rate is simply the number of calories you burn off, on average, every day.This is a continuous process that never stops, regardless of what we are doing - eating, sleeping or resting.

As you get older, your body becomes less efficient at burning your calorie excess, mainly because of a steady reduction in physical activity which results in the loss of muscle mass. Your metabolism can plunge as much as 25 to 30 percent over the course of your adult life. As a consequence, without a favorable metabolism, your body is inclined to maintain a surplus of calories as fat.

Thus, it is easy to see that you will be well disposed to gaining weight if your metabolic rate continually decreases over the years. Some individuals have a slower metabolism by nature, and therefore have a more difficult time maintaining a slim, fit figure.
Quite a few factors play a role in lowering your resting metabolism. If you strictly limit the number of calories you consume, your body will erroneously believe that food is in short supply, so it will burn fewer calories than normal. Deprivation diets, those that contain less than about 1200-1400 calories a day, will cause your body to go into diet shock and in response it will begin to rid itself of its lean muscle in an attempt to maintain its calorie requirements.

Think about this; pound of muscle tissue burns about 10 to 20 calories each day, while one pound of fat burns only 2 to 5 calories per day. Therefore, if you lose 5 pounds of muscle because of a strict diet, or immobility, your body will - in the end - burn about 50 to 100 fewer calories every day.

There is one well-established way to boost the rate at which your metabolism functions; strength training. Strength training exercises are the only means to building lean muscle, so as to amplify your calorie burning capacity. In addition, strength or resistance training can keep your metabolism juiced-up by 25 percent for nearly 15 hours after completing a high-intensity session, whereas cardiovascular intervals, like walking or cycling, yield little to no calorie after-burn.

For most people strength training will aid in boosting the metabolism by nearly 10 percent in as little as 12 weeks - simply by reconstructing muscle tissue. There is a simple correlation that connects muscle mass and metabolism. Basically, by adding to your musculature you are improving your capacity to burn fat more efficiently on any given day, even when you are resting. 

You can rev up a sluggish metabolism with a strength training regime that will have everlasting health rewards. Not only will you shed that surplus body fat and gain lean muscle, you will have more energy to burn and you will feel incredible.

You can augment your metabolic rate even further by making minute but specific lifestyle alterations. Everything that gives you energy - exercise, sunlight, a healthy diet, small routine meals over the period of an entire day, good sleep. It all aids in driving your metabolism and keeping it purring all day long.

If you are attempting to lose a few pounds or you are hoping to stave off the metabolic sluggishness that comes with getting older, you can do so by partaking in a strength training regimen at least twice a week. By jump starting your metabolism you will keep your energy roaring, advance your health, aid against disease, and get you back into shape.

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