The faster your metabolic rate, the thinner you will be and the more energy you will have. The converse is true as well. If your metabolic rate is slower, then you will have a better chance of being obese, you will have less energy and feel more lethargic.
Many products out there claim to speed up your metabolic rate, and metabolism, to make it easy to loose weight. These products are usually supplement pills or energy drinks. Unfortunately these products are not as safe, nor as effective, as the companies that produce them would lead you to believe.
These metabolism boosters, or energy drinks, usually contain ephedra, L-carnatine, ma-huang, and many other ingredients that speed you up. These products will speed you up, give you more energy, and increase alertness, albeit temporarily. The problem is that most of these products can also increase your heart rate, and can make you feel jittery, even cause light headedness to feinting. If you have any heart problems, or are on any other type of stimulant do not drink these energy drinks. There have been cases of people dying from using these energy drinks. They are not as safe (or effective, as the manufacturers would lead you to believe
What you eat will affect your metabolism. There is some evidence that a high protein diet will increase metabolic rates. This is because protein, especially animal protein, is very dense. It takes more energy for the body to break down meats and proteins. High protein diets however, are very tough on your body. Protein does not burn cleanly in your body when it is broken down for fuel. It can send your body into a state of keto-acidosis which means that your body is producing ketone bodies and these can have many adverse side effects on your health.
Eating too little will adversely affect your metabolic rate. If you eat less than 1200 calories a day, your metabolic rate will be very slow in order to conserve calories. If you skip breakfast you will slow down your metabolic rate. Skipping break fast will send your body into a starvation state. If you don’t eat breakfast than you can be fasting for 8 up to 12 hours. When you skip eating for this long, your body goes into a starvation state, it is getting ready for what it believes is the upcoming famine. Your body will store, instead of process and burn, most food that you digest. That is why skipping breakfast will make you 70% more likely to become obese.
Your body needs to burn through a certain amount of energy and calories per day just to keep it alive. It takes energy to breathe and to think and to digest food and to process the food before it leaves your body in the form of waste. The amount of energy your body needs to burn on a daily basis to stay alive is your resting metabolic rate. The resting metabolic rate accounts for 65% to 75% of total calories burned for a day.
There is evidence that muscle is more metabolically active than fat is, meaning that the more muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate will be. The more fat you have, the slower your resting metabolic rate will be. However enticing it may sound, I have read that the metabolic difference between fat and muscle is almost negligible. I feel that you should build muscle in order to stabilize your body and feel better, not just so that you can burn more calories while at rest.
From what I have read and experienced, eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, staying away from fatty, fried, processed foods, and trying to eat healthy and cleanly, will speed up your resting metabolic rate. Your body won’t have to waste as much energy processing and digesting food. Your body will be able to access the energy from the fruits and vegetables faster and easier than it can from animal products. You will have more energy for other functions and processes throughout your body. You will have less inflammation and will therefor feel better and have more energy.
By far though, the best way to speed up your resting metabolic rate, your metabolic rate, and your metabolism, is to exercise. Physical activity accounts for at least 30% of total daily calories burned. If you do a lot of aerobic activity, it will burn even more than that. The more physical activity you do, the more calories you will burn.
The trick is that you have to be in shape to exercise. Up to 90% of all people who start a new exercise routine will stop, due to injury. Don’t be one of those 90%. Exercise intelligently. Don’t train harder, train smarter. If you are not 20 years old, than don’t exercise like you did when you were 20. Ease your way into exercising. If you haven’t exercised in over 6 months, then start back at ground zero.
My Pain Free Lifestyle program does this all for you. It will take you step by step and show you how to get into shape to begin a rigorous exercise routine. It is complete with easy to follow steps and easy to follow exercises. All of the exercises are easy on your body and will not harm you. I have hand picked them over years of seeing what works and what doesn’t work for pain prevention in my office. I have based them on the results of literally thousands of my patients over the years.
You can’t go from sitting on the couch all day and doing no physical activity to sweating hard for an hour a day, 5 days a week. In the same way as you can’t go from not running in 10 years to running a marathon. Rome wasn’t built in 1 day. You didn’t become overweight and out of shape in 1 year, so you can’t expect to undo 2o years of abusing your body in 1 month, or 6 months, or even 1 year. It has taken years to get out of shape, it will take years to get back into shape. But if you don’t, then the alternative is that you will get worse. If you don’t manage your body, then your aches and pains will worsen, you will lose use of muscles and joints, and you will permanently lose ranges of motions. Certain activities will become painful such as getting out of a chair, looking over your shoulder, or even getting into and out of a car.
You can take control of your health. You can prevent health issues and problems from coming up in the future. You can take control of your metabolism.
Exercising and eating intelligently to increase metabolic rates, reduce, manage and control pain, and to increase activity and range of motion, is the Pain Free Way.