Monday, April 27, 2009

I Just Want Know How To Speed Up My Metabolism...

By Dan Beckwith

Great news! If you've been scouring the internet looking for articles on, "how to speed up my metabolism" you found the right place. Let's face it, for weight loss the metabolism is where it's at. And speeding it up isn't as hard as you might think.

For starters, here is a brief description of what I mean when I talk about metabolism... Your body must do something with the food you give it, either use it or store it, and that's your metabolism. "How to speed up my metabolism?", could actually be rephrased as, "How can I get my body to better use the food I give it?"

When you eat, you take in calories. Your body must do something with those calories. If you need some energy, they are converted into energy and burned away. If all of your energy needs are handled, the calories are converted into fat and stored for a "rainy day".

It's a scientific given, if you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight. You must. The terrific part is, anyone can lose weight. Just burn more calories than you eat, that way you are taking away from your stored up fat rather than adding to it.

That's all that is meant by metabolism. You could think of it like that fairytale, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" - you have three choices. If you use more calories than you take in, you'll lose weight. (We think of that as a fast metabolism.) If you take in more calories than you use, you will gain weight. (We think of that as a slow metabolism.) And obviously, if you eat just right you won't gain or lose anything.

In answer to the question, "How to speed up my metabolism?", we just need to start burning more calories. Easy enough, there's a couple basic ways to do this. One way, would be to burn off calories by exercising more. The other is to start eating less or, getting our calories from more "usable" sources.

In the eating less category, we have to be very careful. It seems counterintuitive, but by eating less we could actually be setting ourselves up for more weight gain. If you start to eat too little, your body thinks it is starving and will cut back on the energy you consume. Thus, slowing down your metabolism.

Want to get ramped up into high gear, and kick start your metabolism? Here is a way to take in fewer calories while making your body believe you are getting enough.

My all time favorite way to accomplish this miracle, is to make sure that I eat a lot of negative calorie foods.

When you eat, you take in a certain number of calories. But you also use a certain number of calories in digestion. When the number of calories used in digestion is larger than the number of calories you get by eating, that is a negative calorie food. Here's an example, 100 g of broccoli is about 25 calories. However, digesting it uses about 80 calories. So, every time you eat broccoli you have a net loss of 55 calories! Plus, your body is tricked into thinking you're getting enough calories so it doesn't slow down your metabolism. Pretty cool, eh?

You won't be able to avoid losing weight if you work negative calorie foods into your diet program. Pay attention to the portion sizes on your other foods, and start a basic exercise program and it will work! In the area of fruits and vegetables there are quite a few negative calorie options.

On my website, there are a lot of interesting articles and more information on negative calorie foods. Check it out, you'll be glad you did.

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