I know the benefits first hand.
For years I struggled with extra pounds, until I learned how to boost my metabolism.
It's amazing what knowledge can do for you.
Sometimes we really just don't know what we don't know.
It really is the best kept weight loss secret.
I mean, it must be a secret if so many people are spending thousands of dollars on fad diets, pills and other "get slim quick" programs and not getting the results they want.
Okay, so what is this metabolism thing anyway? The metabolism is responsible for turning the food we eat into the energy we need to maintain ourselves.
Your metabolism is at work whether you are eating, drinking, sleeping, cleaning etc.
The metabolism is affected by the composition of your body-basically the amount of muscle versus the amount of fat.
Muscle uses more calories to maintain itself.
As we age (after 30) the amount of muscle we have gradually tends to decrease.
This is why it appears that we gain weight as we age.
You may actually eat the same and maintain the same amount of physical activity yet gain weight.
This is because the metabolism will slow down as the muscle mass decreases.
Those who have always maintained a regular weight training and cardio program may not notice any difference.
Here are some causes of a slower metabolism: oFasting oLow calorie diet oSnacking throughout the day on high sugared foods (including sugary drinks) oLack of physical activity oUnder active thyroid Here are some ways to speed up your metabolism: oGet active to increase muscle oEat four to six meals per day oDo not skip meals oEat breakfast oAvoid alcohol oDrink eight to ten glasses of water daily oEat protein rich foods As you may notice, many of the remedies in boosting the metabolism are centered on eating.
Let's start with breakfast.
During the night, when you are asleep your body and metabolism are at rest.
In order to jump start the body it needs breakfast first thing in the morning.
If you start your day without breakfast the metabolism is still resting and remains slow.
When you constantly give your body food the metabolism doesn't have a chance to slow down, which is why it's recommended to eat four to six times per day.
When the body does not receive enough food it stores fat.
This is why I always remained so chubby.
I, like most people thought if I didn't eat much I would lose weight.
I am proof of just the opposite.
In the past I would count calories and feast on lots of salad.
I'd probably eat twice a day and breakfast wasn't part of the routine.
Now I eat several meals a day, in fact, I eat more food than I would have ever imagined and I am smaller than I ever was.
Don't underestimate the power of food.
Eating enough of the RIGHT food is critical, however not all foods are created equal.
A healthy diet is permanent and not something you suffer through for a week or two and then quit.
It's a lifestyle.
Though 90% of this weight management process is about food, we can not undervalue the role that exercise plays.
Strength training helps you to build the muscle you need to burn an optimal amount of calories even while sitting around.
The bottom line is this:People with a lower percentage of body fat have a higher metabolism.
The slower the metabolism the greater the weight gain.
You can reduce your body fat through diet and exercise, plain and simple, nothing more, nothing less.