Metabolisms Booster

January 19, 2008 at 3:42 am Leave a comment

Tip 1 — Determine your daily caloric needs (This is what I do when I first open my eyes in the morning)

To rev up your fat-burning engine, don’t overload your system with too much food, Shames says. Figure out how many calories you need to consume each day to lose weight and keep your metabolism humming. Caloric level is determined by taking into account your age, sex, height, weight, lean body mass and activity level. Here’s a quick formula from Shames to give you an idea of your magic number: Multiply your body weight by 11. For example, a 140-pound woman would need to consume 1,540 calories per day to lose weight. If you’re very active, you can multiply your weight by 12.

Tip 2 — Divide up your meals daily to 5/ 6 meals (Graze like a Cow)

Kick-start your metabolism and curb your appetite by dividing your meals into five to six small, nutritious meals a day instead of three squares. Eat a 200-400 calorie mini-meal every three to four hours. Your body will consume more energy to digest the food and your metabolic rate will increase.

Tip 3 — Just keep on moving (Walk after a Meal)

Physical activity accounts for 20 to 40 percent of calories burned each day. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests that a good goal for many people is to work up to exercising four to six times a week for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. If you can’t do that much, do what you can. Walk the dog, park the car at the far end of the lot, take the stairs instead of the elevator, clean the house, just do something and keep on moving.

Tip 4 — Pump iron (Strength Training Again!!!)

Muscle is your best friend! Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the pace at which your body burns calories at rest. It accounts for 60 to 70 percent of your daily calorie expenditure and it’s closely linked to the amount of muscle you have. Muscle burns more calories than fat, and the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn, even while you sleep. Lean muscle needs calories just to exist, so start lifting those weights. I cannot be more long winded than that!!!!!

Tip 5 — Sleep tight

Sleep loss may increase hunger and affect the body’s metabolism, which may make it more difficult to lose weight. People who lose sleep may continue to feel hungry despite adequate food intake because sleep loss has been shown to affect the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that regulates appetite. Make sure you get in your eight hours or more of shut-eye every night. Please refer to my other post on Sleep your Fats Away……

Tip 6 — Eat lean protein and good carbs

Your body burns some of its own calories when it digests the food you eat. This is called the thermic effect of foods (TEF) and it’s what makes protein (which has the highest thermic effect of any food) and good carbs metabolism-friendly. Lean protein such as turkey and chicken also builds calorie-burning muscle. Good carbs such as whole grains, legumes, veggies and fruit are also your body’s major fuel source, Shames says. They provide the energy to get you up and moving so you can burn more calories.

Tip 7 — Drink H2O or Green Tea or Pu-Er Chinese Tea

Drinking water or tea may increase the rate at which people burn calories. Metabolic rates among study participants increased by 30 percent after consuming approximately 17 ounces of water. The energy-burning process of metabolism needs liquid to work effectively. Water or tea also fills you up, curbs your appetite, flushes out your system, and rids the body of bloat. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses per day — more if you’re active or more……..

Extracted from acticle By Sheri Strykowski
eDiets Contributor

Updated: January 18, 2008


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