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Monday, May 25, 2009

5 Fantastic Tips To Maximise Metabolism

by Tom Parker

Metabolism is a term that describes the number of calories your body burns each day. It has become a very popular term in the weight loss community with many people believing that boosting your metabolism is the key to loosing weight. Whilst metabolism does not have as big an impact as everyone believes it can still help you burn additional calories each day. That is why in this article I am going to be providing you with five fantastic tips to maximise your metabolism.

1) CHOOSE FIBRE RICH CARBOHYDRATES:- Carbohydrates that are low in fibre are relatively easy for your body to digest and the process does not require very many calories. Contrastingly, fibre rich carbohydrates take longer for your body to digest and the process burns more calories. Therefore, when choosing your carbohydrates you should go for the healthy, fibre rich options such as fruits, vegetables and grains.

2) EAT MORE PROTEIN:- Your body burns more calories when digesting protein than it does when breaking down carbohydrates and fats. Therefore, if your diet contains very little protein eating a little more of this important macronutrient is another way to boost your metabolism.

3) DO SOME CARDIO:- Performing cardiovascular exercise (such as cycling, jogging and rowing) can increase your metabolism in two ways. First, cardiovascular exercise allows you to burn a considerable amount of calories as you work out. Secondly, it also raises your metabolism for a few hours after you finish working out. Therefore, by making cardio a regular part of your lifestyle you can notably increase your metabolism.

4) LIFT SOME WEIGHTS:- Weight lifting increases the amount of muscle you have. Your body uses around six calories a day to maintain each pound of muscle mass and two calories a day to maintain each pound of fat. Therefore, the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn on a daily basis and the higher your metabolism will be.

5) STAY HYDRATED:- If you are dehydrated your body may not be unable to perform some important functions. This may then lead to a reduction in your metabolism as your body starts to use less calories. Therefore, by drinking water at regular intervals during the day to stay hydrated you can ensure that you maximise your metabolism.

By following the tips listed in this article you can give your metabolism a much needed boost and increase the amount of calories you burn on a daily basis. Although a faster metabolism will give you this benefit there is a limit to the amount of weight you can lose this way. If you are consuming too many calories it will not matter whether you maximise your metabolism or not. However, if you perfect your diet first, boosting your metabolism can be a highly effective weight loss aid.

About the Author

Tom Parker owns and operates a number of useful fitness resources and websites. You can learn more about how to maximise metabolism and get a free fitness tip delivered to your email inbox every day for a full year by visiting his websites.