Saturday, May 1, 2010

How to Improve Metabolism to Lose Weight

increase your metabolism to lose weightOverview

Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate at which your body burns calories while at rest. Genetics has a large impact on your BMR. But did you know there are several other factors that play a role in your BMR? If you have a low BMR, you may find it difficult to lose weight and you probably feel tired more often than others. To increase your BMR, you
will need to make several small changes and stick with them. By increasing your metabolism you will be able to achieve your weight loss goals.

How to Improve Metabolism to Lose Weight

Step 1
Drink more water! Research shows people who drink between eight and twelve glasses of water a day have a higher metabolic rate than those who drink just four glasses. Since your body has to heat the water to you your core temperature, you will burn calories just from drinking water.

Step 2
Eat breakfast. I'm sure by now everyone knows they should eat breakfast, but many people don't. When you go to bed at night, your metabolism slows down. You haven't eaten in several hours, this is your body's way of protecting you from starvation. To raise your metabolism, you need to eat. Foods rich in fiber and protein will fill you up quicker and help you stay full longer.

Step 3
Eat more often. Rather than eating three large meals a day, eat six smaller meals (3 meals, 3 snacks). I know you are probably thinking, " if I eat more, I will gain more". It's actually quite the opposite. By skipping meals, you are telling your body that your are full. Skipping meals will slow your metabolism and lead to the storage of fat. The longer you go between meals, the more your body's metabolism slows down. Tip: Eat from a small plate or bowl. This way, you are eating less but tricking your mind into thinking you ate more then you actually did.

Step 4
Exercise. We all know exercise burns calories. It also helps to keep your metabolism raised for nearly an hour post-workout. In addition, exercise builds muscle, which is metabolically active tissue. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, your metabolism will go up.

Step 5
Consume more protein. Protein aids in the muscle-growth process, and muscle burns calories. Not to mention, protein will give you that satisfied feeling much longer then any other food. Choose lean meats and beans to get more protein without the extra fat.

Step 6
Drink caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant. and by adding this to your diet, your body increases its metabolic rate. If you have high blood pressure, you may want to consult with your physician. Those with high blood pressure should avoid energy drinks as they can increase your heart rate to an unsafe level. Think green tea or Oolong tea, which have added health benefits.


  1. Great tips!! I've read that the big downfall of most dieters is not getting that required water in!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I haven't been drinking my water. :S

  3. I've learned all this in my 7 months of losing weight. Perfect tips!

  4. Definitely great tips! I didn't know that caffeine can boost metabolism, but it makes a lot of sense. I'll certainly be using this check-list as a daily reminder of what I should be doing to maintain my good health and fitness. Thanks!


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