When losing weight it is tempting to try and take short cuts
and many people fall for diets or products that offer a quick fix. There are a
lot of potions or natural products that claim to boost the metabolism so that
you burn fat quicker, such as drinking green tea, but do they work?
Anytime Fitness trainer Helki Weber says there is no
substitute for good nutrition and exercise.
“Green tea certainly speeds up the metabolism, you have to,
however drink about 5-6 cups per day or take a high quality high ECGC green tea
extract 1-2 times per day. Proper diet will increase and speed up the metabolism.
It is important to never skip a meal or go on any type of starvation diet. One
should always eat healthy snacks between meals. The idea is to eat frequently
to prevent hunger pangs, and to keep energy levels consistent, which in turn
will increase and speed up your metabolism.”
The best and most effective natural metabolism booster is
exercise and no matter what anybody pushing any sort of miracle pill will tell
you this is a stone wall fact. If you want to increase your metabolism, get
fit, trim and healthy then the key is hard work through exercise!
It is a fact that the more weight that you carry the more
calories you can burn off when you exercise. If you are overweight then easing
your way into a regular exercise problem will really see you reap the rewards
of boosting that metabolism. You can burn off that excess weight and also turn
it into muscle which will also be beneficial to your metabolism. Another fact
is that 1 pound of fat burns just 2 calories per day where as 1 pound of muscle
burns 50 calories a day. The more muscle that you build on your body, the fast
your metabolism will be and the more calories you will be able to burn while
you are resting. When the muscle mass on the body decreases, the metabolic rate
What is metabolism?
The simple definition of metabolism is the entire range of
biochemical processes or chemical reactions which occur within our bodies. Consisting
of anabolism (the build up of substances) and catabolism(the breakdown of
substances) our metabolism is most frequently referred to as how our body uses
food by transforming it into energy, the burning of calories. Our metabolism is
responsible for using 60% of the calories that we take in with the remainder
being used or burnt by our movements such as the exercise that we do.
A high metabolism is where calories are burnt by the body at
a higher or faster rate than normal and less fat is stored. In contrast a low
metabolism is where the body burns calories at a lower or slower rate than
usual and more fat is stored, this generally means that people with a slow
metabolism put weight on faster where as people with a high metabolism may eat
and eat and eat yet never put on any weight.
Our metabolism is responsible for using 60% of the calories
that we take in with the remainder being used or burnt by our movements such as
the exercise that we do.