You can’t cheat your metabolism if you really want to lose weight. No amount of cayenne pepper and lemon juice will speed up your metabolism, if you aren’t taking care of your metabolism correctly. |
First of all, do not starve yourself. Deprivation and hunger will not force your metabolism to work harder; it will simply cause your metabolism to stop working altogether. Your body needs routine and regularity, and six to eight small meals a day is the best way to provide that. Do not binge one minute and starve yourself the next.
Keep your body well-maintained and healthy by eating six to eight small and well-balanced meals per day. If this seems like a lot of food, then your meals are too large! Slow down a bit, and eat smaller portions more often. Your body will learn to burn fat and calories for energy, allowing your metabolism to balance out and do its job.
Metabolic rates are very important to understand when trying to lose weight. It is your metabolism that allows your body to convert the foods that you eat into energy. This energy is what allows you to continue with your day, be active, and feel less fatigue. However, this energy is also being used by your body when you are resting to help you breathe, circulate blood, and generate cells throughout your body.
Metabolic rate is the amount of calories that your body consumes in order to accomplish these tasks. Different factors determine how fast your metabolic rate works, including body type and size, and age. Younger people burn more calories than older people in general, as do men compared to women.
Larger people will burn more calories, at a faster rate, but they will also require more calories to stay sustained. This includes both those who are larger as a result of excess body fat, and those who are larger because they have large amounts of muscle.
Movement and exercise increase your metabolic rate, and allow your body to burn more calories. This is the reason that professional athletes need to consume what may seem like an excessive amount of calories when they are in training. The more you exercise the more calories your body will require to stay healthy. If you consume too few calories, you will have little energy and feel very fatigued.
It is extremely important to balance out your metabolism if you want to lose weight. You must burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight, or consume the same amount of calories that you burn through physical activity if you are trying to maintain your weight. Starvation diets will reverse this process, forcing your body to work harder to burn fewer calories. If you do not consume enough calories to sustain your body, then your body will start to store calories for future use. This is neither healthy nor beneficial to your body in any way. Do your body a favour, and reduce your calories to a healthy level, while increasing your activity level. You will look better and feel better, and your body will function as it was designed.
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