What is metabolism? Why should you care? What can you do about it? These are 3 often asked questions about our metabolism and how it affects our bodies. Your body metabolism is simply the average number of calories your body burns doing your regular daily activities.
In the media you are constantly bombarded by adds trying to convince you that you can increase your metabolism by taking a pill or eating a special food, all you need to do is buy their book and they will show you how you can have a thin muscular body in a few short weeks. The things they are saying sometimes will have a small effect, but the facts are that the only real way you can significantly raise your metabolism is by exercising more and building more muscle mass.
Why does your metabolism matter? As we age our metabolism naturally slows down. A recent study showed that metabolism decreases on average 5% for every 10 years of your life. This is part of the reason there is such a big problem with obesity in America today. We eat more calories as our metabolism decreases and we slowly get fat. The only way to stay a healthy weight is to eat fewer calories than we burn up every day, and to increase your muscle mass.
There are only 2 ways to burn more calories than we take in, eat less or exercise more. If you only eat less, you will take in fewer calories but your body will think it needs to store fat because it’s not getting enough, so it stores carbs as fat. That is why dieting does not work for most people.
The best way to increase your metabolism, and the way you should do it, is to build more muscle mass on your body, and eat good quality food. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle that you have, the more calories you will burn doing everything, including sleeping. That is how to increased metabolism, and it works at any age.
It really takes very little time to add muscle and get healthy. You can make a significant difference in your body in as little as 5 to 6 hour per week. Do 3 weight training workouts per week and 4 to 7 cardio sessions per week, and you will see results of increased muscle and higher metabolism if you stick with it and make it a part of your daily routine.
If you want to work out at home, there are plenty of home exercises that you can do to add muscle, if you want to go to a gym there are many good places to go. If you live in Minnesota, here is a great place to find a gym close to you, and most will let you come in and check it out for a week for free. There is no better time to start than today.
When it comes to food, look at the labels of everything you buy. You need quality protein, good fats and quality carbs with all your meals. Stay away from foods with high carbs and high sugar, and most things that say low fat. Try to stay away from food that comes in a box that are easy and quick. You can fix good quick meals if look around and find some meals that you like.
The process of speeding up your metabolism is not easy but it is simple. You have to build more muscle. Careful grocery shopping is extremely important, there are many misleading foods that are not what they appear or not what they claim to be.