How to boost your metabolism

Our metabolism is the rate at which the body uses energy to support all basic functions essential to sustain life. This includes energy requirements for additional activity and digestive processes.

But N2 Fitness experts, Heinrich Smith and Emile Solomons, say very few people have a fast metabolism. Solomons says a faster metabolism will enable you to lose more weight than the average person with the same activity level, nutrition, and weight.

“Effective fat loss cannot occur when the metabolism is low. But there are ways you can use to boost your metabolism,” says Smith.

Exercise:

Exercise affects the resting rate of your metabolism because the body demands more energy to run the muscles in order to perform the exercise. The heart rate is raised and the circulation increased to cope with the increased demand of the muscles.

Aerobic exercise: This form of exercise requires gross muscle movement to move the entire body. For example in walking or swimming you are using a large number of muscles. This increases the heart rate to cope with the increased demand for oxygen to reach the tissues.

Resistance exercise: The use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles. It is also a great way to increase your metabolism because you burn calories for up 24 hours after a 30 minute resistance training program.

 

Nutrition:

Eat smaller meals more often during the day. Your first meal/snack should be within the first hour of getting out of bed. Smith says this is a great way to kick start your metabolism. A few foods that can increase your metabolism are apples, cinnamon, hot peppers, avocado, beans and ginger.

 

Detox:

Detoxifying your system cleans out toxins in your body that are unable to process itself . These toxins affect the way that oxygen bonds with the red blood cells and this thickens the blood and changes the oxygen distribution to the muscles leading to tired aching muscles. The toxins also bond to fat cells and clog up the lymphatic system slowing the body down.

According to Solomons, the toxins that our body cannot shift are acidic and therefore we need an alkaline to break the bonds between the toxins to remove the fat cells and to clean out the lymphatic system. This means that the process of lipolysis (breakdown of fats) to shrink the fat cells is much more effective and the system is no longer slowed down.The metabolism is improved and the base rate increased.

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