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Title: 10 Steps on Improving Your Metabolism Word Count: 954 Summary: Get 10 tips on how you can increase

your metabolism, naturally. You'll be surpri sed at how little things can affect your metabolism in a big way. Keywords: Metabolism Article Body: Copyright 2006 Karen Sessions Are you sluggish and low on energy? Do you feel like you work and work toward yo ur weight loss goal and never seem to make any dramatic improvement? You could be suffering from a slow metabolism. Even though you may have a slow m etabolism, it does not have to destroy your weight loss efforts. You can dramati cally improve your metabolism, and boost your energy levels without taking suppl ements. Your metabolism simply refers to the conversion of food to usable energy by the body. It is the biological process, by which energy is extracted from food, and the net result is how fast or slowly the body burns those calories. A few steps you can take to improve your metabolism naturally are: Drink Water Water is great to drink and you should be drinking a minimum of 8 to 10, glasses daily, of course, more is better. It will help increase your metabo lism and flush out sodium, toxins, and fat. Drinking water before meals will fil l your stomach so you feel full and prevent overeating. Avoid excess colas, coff ee, teas, and sugary juices. Caffeine will dehydrate you, and the sugar will do more damage than good in the long-run. Eat Every Three Hours Eat a small balanced meal every three hours, including sna cks. Meals and snacks should be balanced, meaning they should contain a complete protein, carbohydrates, as well as natural fat. Failure to eat consistently can lead to a slower metabolism and fat storage. Also, skipping meals slows down yo ur metabolism. To ignite fat loss you need to be consuming the right foods in a balanced manner throughout the day. Don't Skip Breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gets your metabolism running in high gear. You wouldn't drive your car to work o n an empty tank, and you shouldn't start your day without adequate nourishment. Your first meal sets your metabolism for the day and keeps it going, as long as you eat every three hours. If you get up early and eat a late breakfast, you mis s out on several hours of burning calories. Don't Fear Fat Fat has developed a bad reputation. Many people think fat makes y ou fat. This is false. The type of fat and how much fat you eat impacts your bod y fat composition. Fat is needed by the body. Those who follow a very low-fat di et have a harder time ridding their body of fat. Choose natural healthy fats suc h as olive oil, avocados, various nuts, flax, and natural peanut butter to recei ve your necessary fats.

Omit Trans Fat Trans fat is the bad fat, the cause of weight gain, low energy, d epression, cancer, and heart disease. You will never get the body you desire by eating "healthy" fast food, frozen dinners, and other processed choices. If it's man-made, it's not the best choice, and will halt fat loss endeavors. Eat the f oods Mother Nature has provided to meet your fat loss goals. Be Active Daily Stay active at least six days a week. Take the stairs when possi ble or park further out to get that little bit of extra movement to keep the hea rt and lungs working optimally. The more movement you get daily, the better you will feel overall. Do Cardiovascular Exercise Cardio exercise is necessary for heart and lung healt h. It also burns calories. Doing cardio first thing in the morning on an empty s tomach can tap into fat stores, and keep your body burning calories at a high ra te for about an hour after cardio is finished. If you fail to eat adequately dai ly, first morning cardio on an empty stomach can work against you. Doing morning cardio on very low calorie diet can burn muscle. Another good time to incorpora te cardio is in the evening after your last meal. This allows you to burn calori es so you are not sleeping on them. You do not have to implement a morning and e vening session, choose one or the other or cycle between the two to prevent stal eness and boredom. HIIT It Blend some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) into your cardiovascu lar program from time to time to give your body and metabolism a good shock. The body is programmed for adaptation. Therefore, doing the same cardio format day in and day out can become stale really fast. Take one or two days a week and imp lement some HIIT to give the body an added shock. HIIT is basically alternating low intensity and moderate to high intensity cardi o training. For example, a 20 minute HIIT session would look similar to this: Minute 1 and 2 Low Intensity (Walking) Minute 3 and 4 High Intensity (Light jogg ing or running) Minute 5 and 6 Low Intensity Minute 7 and 8 High Intensity and s o on Weight Train Resistance training builds muscle, which is metabolically active ti ssue. The more muscle you acquire, the faster your metabolism will be. Adding m ore lean muscle tissue to your body will put curves in the right places and allo w you to eat more calories a day. Listen to Your Body Killing yourself with workouts is just as dangerous as not w orking out at all. Listen to your body and get proper rest. Don't train if you a re ill, still sore from the previous workout, or just simply too tired. Training in such a state can cause more problems than it solves. If any of the above fails to prove results in 4 to 6 weeks, there could be an un derlying problem, such as a food allergy, sluggish thyroid, hormonal imbalance, toxins, parasites, etc. If so, I recommend searching for a natural healer in you r area to determine the cause. and work from there. For the most part, proper di et, detoxifying, and herbs can correct any ailments.