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10 Easy Ways to Fire Up Your Metabolism

by Kim Archer

If you've been trying to lose weight and are having trouble, a sluggish metabolism might be to blame.

Metabolism is a complex process that converts calories from food into energy to help your body function efficiently. If you have a high metabolism, you'll burn fat and lose weight with less difficulty than someone with a slow metabolism, even if you both eat the same amount and are equally active.

Generally speaking, if you're stuck with a low metabolism, you'll never be able to eat as much as your skinny friend with a high metabolism without gaining weight. That being said, there are things you can do to increase your metabolism and get you over the hump towards continued weight loss. Here are 10 ways to increase your metabolism:

1. Exercise. This is the most effective way you can increase your metabolism. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even when you're doing "nothing." This is because muscle burns more calories and fat even when you're resting. Work out with weights at least twice a week, and do 30 minutes a day of cardiovascular exercise. Go for a walk, take a quick jog on the treadmill or visit your local gym and do some cross training. There also easy and nearly effortless ways to increase your exercise, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from your office building, or even doing some fast paced housecleaning.

2. Eat small meals. If you eat four to six small meals a day instead of three big ones, your metabolism will stay in the high range and you won't have a chance to pack away extra calories in the form of fat.

3. Don't miss a meal. If you assume that skipping meals leads to weight loss, you're wrong. If you don't give your body nourishment when it needs it, your metabolism thinks that you're starving and slows down to conserve energy. Following tip number 2 and don't go too long without eating.

4. Eat unrefined foods such as fruit, veggies, and whole grains. The high fiber content of these foods helps to keep your metabolism running efficiently because you feel full sooner and for a longer time.

5. Use spices in your food. Spices such as hot peppers boost your metabolism.

6. Cut back on or even eliminate sugar. Sugar is a high calorie food that raises blood sugar levels significantly and then causes them to crash; this can make you store fat.

7. Drink more water. When your body burns fat, it produces toxins. If you don't take in enough fluids to flush them out, your metabolism slows down.

8. Drink green tea. Studies have shown that green tea can speed up your metabolism. It also has numerous other health benefits that make it a worthwhile addition to your diet.

9. Get some sleep. Studies have shown a correlation between not getting enough sleep and weight gain.

10. Control your stress. Emotional and physical stress can cause the release of cortisol, a steroid hormone that slows down the metabolism. Also, you're likely to eat more when you're stressed out.

Remember that on any weight loss program, the occasional plateau is normal. So if the scale doesn't budge on occasion, don't give up. Follow the tips above to give your metabolism a boost so that you keep burning calories and continue on to your weight loss goals. Remember that eating well and exercising are permanent changes you're making, not just something quick you do to lose some weight. It's a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. We would like to thank Kim Archer for this article on Increase Your Metabolism.

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