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10 Ways to Ramp Up Your Metabolism!

Updated on June 2, 2012

Bossting your metabolic rate is the key to losing weight in a healthy way. Starvation diets and over training can result in weight loss, but a severely unhealthy weight loss that can lead to a regain in weight, which is nearly always more stubborn and much harder to lose. So here we have 10 tips to boosting your metabolism to burn more fat!

Avoid artificial sugar
Artificial sugar sounds like a great idea, especially with diet drinks - all the taste! No calories! Sounds promising but is quite misleading. As soon as the taste hits your taste buds, the brain is told to start digesting, when no nutrition arrives, there's confusion, which causes the body protect itself from expending too much energy - by slowing the metabolism.

Eat more protein
Protein is a great food to help feeling full, since it requires more energy to digest. It also helps promote muscle growth, since muscles are built on protein, the more muscle you have the faster your metabolism.

Perform Aerobic exercise before Breakfast
Performing aerobic exercise first thing in the morning before breakfast is excellent for burning fat. Your glycogen levels are low from a night sleep and you body is burning almost entirely fat! So early morning training is a great way to really shred some unwanted bodyfat and it keeps your metabolism high for hours afterwards, burning even more energy!

Lifting Weights is excellent for building muscle, which boosts the metabolism

Drink plenty of water
Water is one of the most important substances for our bodies. 2 Litres a day is the recommended intake. Your metabolism needs water to work properly. having the water cold adds another level of hightened energy expenditure, as the body burns calories to warm the water.

Eat six meals a day and avoid skipping meals
Eating 6 'fist sized' meals a day, approximately 3 hours apart, is a good way to keep your metabolism purring. Not having a big break between meals prevents your body from going into 'starvation' mode, which can slow your metabolism and make you more hungry.

Drink a warm glass of water and add lemon juice
Drinking warm water with a bit of lemon juice in the morning can get the body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process moving. Lemon water can stabilise blood sugar, keeping your metabolism pumping.

Train with weights
The idea with weight training is to gain muscle, muscle is a metabolically active tissue, that burns calories at all times. The more muscle you have the better for burning fat. Also a good weight lifting session can keep your metabolism at a high for a good 30+ hours afterwards

Eat foods high in fibre
Fibre slows the digestion process, leading to a slower, more steady release in energy. This avoids the crash of a sugar high, which sends your metabolism to a crashing halt.

Eat good fats
Avoiding fats is a major mistake with the Low-fat fads of dieting. Good fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated are essential to process fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E and K), and Essential Fatty Acids are good for the heart and help keep the metabolism moving. To learn more read this article on good fats, and how they burn fat.

Take a fat metabolising supplement
This is the 21st century, as consumers we have available to us many fat burning supplements that can aid in weight loss, and also contain other healthy benefits.

This should give you something to think about, a handful of these tips will do wonders for your progress. Remember, at the end of the day if you don't eat well and exercise regularly these tips will not do you any good, but only optimise an already clean and healthy weight loss program.


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      Allan Philip 5 years ago from Toronto

      That was great, very practical

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      samko 7 years ago

      Great stuff and looks like real useful information and none of that BS that you find in a lot of articles. Thanks!

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      Ashantina 7 years ago

      You really know your stuff! Voted up - Fantastic article!