Speed 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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Upon reaching the age of about 30 we begin to notice that our metabolism (our body's fuel-burning mechanisms) is showing signs of slowing. The result is a steady accumulation of fat unless you take measures to reverse the process and speed your metabolism - and return it to its previous state.

This loss of metabolic volume as we age is not so much the consequence of years on this earth but, instead, the fact that we commonly fall into less active lifestyles and begin losing lean muscle tissue due to the inactivity.

Thus, as we pass into less physically active decades, body fat tends to accrue in the spaces now left open by the thinning muscle tissue. The reading on your bathroom scales may not have changed much but your body composition (muscle to fat ratio) very likely has. Consequently, the rate at which your body burns calories has decreased, as it takes much less fuel to operate a smaller engine (less muscle to move around equals less fuel needed).

Frequently, when we see this fat buildup we tend to panic and start reducing the number of calories we consume in order to shed the ugly pounds of unwanted fat. But, in actuality, this is not the correct approach to the problem. When calories are restricted through dieting the body hangs on to excess fat in order to prepare for the food shortage it believes to be coming. You are schooling your body on how to store fat more efficiently, instead of teaching it to burn fat.

Yes, you may lose a few pounds while dieting but it will include water weight as well as valuable muscle tissue. When the diet is over, and you begin to eat again, you will have a slower metabolic rate, so the weight comes back quickly, plus your body may add a few extra pounds in anticipation of another food shortage.

A much more efficient weight loss solution is to burn off the extra body fat through amplified activity rather than to starve the body through restrictive dieting. If you are ready to put in some hard work, you can reinstate your body's fat burning machinery to its previous efficiency.

To do this you need a proper workout regimen, one which must include a minimum of 60 percent strength training. This intense exercise increases muscle tone and has the result of increasing metabolism which chews into the invasive and harmful fat stores.

Forget about those low intensity, leisurely and tedious forms of exercise, like walking, running, cycling, etc. These forms of exercise will not tone muscle tissue to the degree required to raise metabolism. Strength resistance exercises are the only form of exercise that can do this.

To learn how to strength train properly you should consult with a fitness professional. You need to learn what exercises to do, how to do them, how many, the proper level of intensity to perform them, and the best sequence of the exercises required to gain the most benefit.

The strength training exercises that will provide you with the most bang for your buck are exercises that engage the large muscle groups throughout the body. These take some exertion and you should to learn how to do them carefully and efficiently. Think of it as learning a new skill that will help you regain a lean and slim body - and keep it for the long term.

You may find, once you begin this new strength training routine, that your weight does not change very rapidly, or even at all, for the first few months. But this is perfectly normal as your body replaces body fat with lean muscle. So keep in mind that progress is not about the numbers on the bathroom scale. Instead, it is about your body composition (fat to muscle ratio) as this is a measure of your metabolic volume - which is to say your ability to burn fat and keep it off..

Speed up your metabolism and you will be able to enjoy the food you eat rather than constantly worry that it will add excess weight. In addition, you will have more energy, and you will be losing body fat rather than be dealing with a sluggish metabolism that will hinder your activities the rest of your life.

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