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The Secret to Fit Body: Your Metabolism

It’s time to shed the winter fat that has built up over the last couple of months. You have probably tried every method of training from free weights, to pilates, to yoga, to hours of cardio without any major results. Don’t throw in the towel just yet!  The problem you are having is that you do not understand how your metabolism is responding to everything you are doing. Following is some information that will help you effectively increase your metabolism and start burning enormous numbers of calories.

Extra Muscle Burns Calories

The more muscle you build, the more calories you burn. For every extra pound of muscle built, your body will burn up to 50 calories. Add 10 pounds of muscle and you will burn an extra pound of fat per week. Also, once you get rid of most of your unwanted body fat, the extra muscle will allow you to eat much more than before resulting in an improved lifestyle where you don’t have to severely restrict your calories to stay in shape. Muscle also creates more aesthetic lines and lead to better looking physiques. Lets not forget about the added strength and support muscles create. More muscle built results in a higher metabolism.

Boost Your Burning all Day with Cardio

Not only does cardiovascular training burn a lot of extra calories while you are doing it, but it results in your body burning more calories for the rest of the day. This lingering burn sometimes can equal the amount of calories burned while exercising. If you make sure to do at least 30 minutes of cardio everyday, you will benefit from the body burning extra calories every day. Research has shown that one session of cardio will keep the resting metabolic rate increased for over 24 hours. Twelve hours after exercise, the metabolism was increased by 23 percent. In 31 hours after cardio, the metabolism was still increased by 8 percent!  Do cardio twice a day and you can accomplish any fitness goal in 12 weeks.

Eating Burns Calories

Diet is crucial to this program because your eating for two purposes: to refuel your muscles after a tough workout, and to keep your metabolism speeding along by giving it the best foods at the most advantageous times. Eating five small meals per day is best for raising the metabolism and causing your body to burn calories from eating. This is called the thermic effect of eating. Your metabolic rate increases to process the food your eating. This can account for over 10 percent of the calories you expend per day. Foods low in fat and high in fiber require many calories to digest. Protein and complex carbohydrates have the greatest thermic effect. Up to 25 percent of the calories in these foods end up getting expended during the digestion process.

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