What EXACTLY is Metabolism?
According to the dictionary, the definition of METABOLISM is:
QUESTION: How do we get our bodies to work for us and not against us?
ANSWER: The following three factors are crucial:
1. THE AMOUNT OF MUSCLE MASS IN YOUR BODY:
Often overlooked, this is the greatest determining factor in how fast your body "burns" energy. The more muscle tissue you have in your body, the faster your "burn rate". This doesn’t mean you have to look like a body builder, though. The right exercises can increase your muscle mass and make you look thinner at the same time.
2. HOW MUCH YOU EXERCISE...
Exercising burn calories - we all know that, but what most people don't know is that your body continues to burn calories at a higher rate for several hours afterwards you've finished exercising too.
Click here to find out which are the best kinds of exercise to increase your burn rate.
3. WHAT FOOD YOU EAT...
(Yes, some foods CAN make you burn more energy!)
There are healthy food choices you can make which will increase your body's capacity to "burn" calories.
Click here for a list of foods which are most effective.
A SIMPLE 5 POINT PLAN ...
Not sure how to act on all this info? Don't despair!
I've put together an easy-to-follow
5 Point Plan For Increased Metabolism
which really will help you get your body kick-started initially and then allow it burn more calories for ever more! It's not a weight loss program of itself, but it will certainly help you to feel more energetic and lose extra pounds on any program you choose to follow.
to get started
MY METABOLISM IS SO SLOW THAT I'M GAINING WEIGHT WHILST DIETING
What should I do?
This is where you should get in touch with your doctor. If you are really, genuinely sticking to a weight loss program and your weight is increasing rather than falling, you may be suffering with an underactive thyroid.
There are simple tests your doctor can perform which will determine the level of your thyroid function. If you feel you are gaining weight despite eating very little, this could be part of your problem.
The following are known causes of an under-active thyroid:
* Genetic factors (inherited from parents)
* A viral infection which damages the thyroid gland
* Environmental factors (some suggest that food selection and additives can play a role)
Weight gain caused by an under-active thyroid can also be a sign of other health issues, so please seek professional medical help if you are concerned.
You can also take my
5 Point Plan
with you to show your doctor. Most, if not all of the items on the list should be safe for you, but it’s best to be certain, because everyone’s body is slightly different.