Metabolism Makeover

September 9, 2011

Ever wonder why some people can eat so much and yet stay so thin?  Or how many of you out there are frustrated because you feel like everything you put in your mouth adds another pound? If you read my post a few days ago about lifting weights and how that increases your metabolism, you probably are starting to understand the secret behind your metabolism. 

Your metabolism is basically the rate your body burns calories and how efficiently your body converts food into fuel/energy.  Not everyone burns calories at the same rate and there are several factors that influence your metabolism…age, whether you are male or female, the amount of lean body mass (muscle) you have, etc. 

If you’re sitting there reading this and fall into the category of feeling like everything you eat causes you to gain weight, I have the answers to help makeover your metabolism!  There are 3 key things I would suggest you do to rev up your metabolism (which will ultimately help you lose weight).  Ready?!

1. Exercise – I would suggest weight training to boost the calories you burn at rest. You should still include cardio in your workouts, but focus more on adding the weight training (see Genius of Weights post for specific benefits). Muscle burns more calories than fat so the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be!

2. Eat Breakfast – I can’t stress to you enough the importance of eating breakfast! What do you think gets your metabolism going in the morning if you don’t put food in your body?  You guessed it-your body does nothing to start converting food into fuel if you’re not providing the food:(  So, skipping breakfast is a sure way to SLOW your metabolism down.

3. Eat Smaller Meals More Often – Your goal should be to eat 6 meals a day and eat every 2-3 hours.  Your schedule should look like this:

Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Snack (these are your 6 meals every 2-3 hours).  Remember these are smaller meals-just enough to fill you up so you feel satisfied.  If you are exercising (doing cardio and weight lifting) you should be hungry every couple hours because your body is efficiently burning calories.  My friends tease me because I am always hungry even though I eat often…that is the result of working out regularly and eating several small meals a day.
Hopefully by now (after reading prior posts) you already understand the importance of lifting weights and have incorporated that in your daily routine.  Now, your challenge today is to start eating breakfast (if you don’t already) and making sure you eat every 2-3 hours.  Bring food to work, keep almonds in your car, etc. so you can give your body the food it needs to keep your metabolism up and burning calories.
Food for Thought: Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue.  Therefore, if you maintain and even increase your muscle mass as you get older, your metabolism won’t slow down.  If you think you can blame your slow metabolism on your age, your real problem is probably a result of losing muscle, which  causes your metabolism to slow down.  Whatever your age, now is the time to start your metabolism makeover!

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