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Lose Weight, Boost Your Metabolism

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lose Weight, Boost Your MetabolismEveryone is wondering how to lose weight. There are no quick fix solutions, but there are ways. First and foremost, boost your metabolism. Here's how:

Pump iron

Weight training is the best way to boost your resting metabolic rate. As you get older, your resting metabolic rate drops, but weight training can increase it again: A pound of muscle burns up to nine times the calories a pound of fat does. In fact, a woman who weighs 130 pounds and is muscular burns more calories than a sedentary 120-pound woman of the same height. Regular strength training can increase your resting metabolic rate anywhere from 6.8 to 7.8 percent.

Rev up your workouts

Adding interval training, or bursts of high-intensity moves to your workout is a great metabolism booster. Studies have shown that people who do interval training twice a week in addition to cardio exercise lose twice as much weight as those who do just a regular cardio workout. You can easily incorporate interval training into your workout by inserting a 30-second sprint into your jog every five minutes or by adding a one-minute incline walk to your treadmill workout.

Break up your exercise routine

Whenever possible, slice each of your workouts into two smaller sessions. For example, do a 15-minute weight-lifting session in the morning, then do your 30-minute walk on your lunch hour or at night. You'll burn an extra 100 to 200 calories that day,

Get some sleep

Not getting enough sleep can upset your metabolism. Studies show that people who got four hours of sleep or less a night had more difficulty processing carbohydrates. When you're exhausted, your body lacks the energy to do its normal day-to-day functions, which include burning calories. Your metabolism is automatically lowered.

Original article RedBook



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