Your body needs to have enough energy reserves so that it can survive for long periods of time. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t relate to possible health problems that can occur from carrying too much fat.
The good news is that eating more often (five to six meals a day) can actually increase the rate your body burns fat by increasing your metabolism.
How would you like to know the one food that actually promotes fat burning and that you should include in each and every one of your meals? Not only will you feel more satisfied but it will also force your body to burn more calories as a result of digesting this food!
Another factor for increasing metabolism is exercise, but not just any type of exercise. It seems that aerobic exercise is not the best way to lose body fat. It can actually suppress your metabolism and have you gain weight.
Want to know the best way to exercise that will get your metabolism working at its best? Then you need to read more here.
There are recent studies that show that dieting, weight loss supplements, and aerobic exercises aren’t going to get your metabolism working at its optimum level and have you lose weight. In fact, these very things are going to cause you to lose weight or at the very least not lose any at all.
There are probably as many myths about increasing metabolism as there are truths. Some of the erroneous information has been around so long and so widely promoted that many believe it to be true. Here are 4 myths commonly accepted as truth about metabolism:
1. Never skip breakfast.
2. Hot peppers burn more calories.
3. Caffeine boosts your metabolism.
4. A pound of muscle burns 100 calories per day.
The advice here has always been to eat breakfast within an hour after arising to get your metabolism revved up from your night of fasting. The truth is it is not as important that you eat as it is what you eat.
Make sure your breakfast consists of fiber, lean protein, and other nutrients. The cold hard fact is if you have to choose between a doughnut and nothing, choose nothing. You don’t need the saturated fat and sugar found in most baked goods.
The spike in calories burned by your metabolism from eating a doughnut isn’t enough to offset the additional calories ingested.
While it is true that hot peppers burn calories, a presentation from a recent study from Experimental Biology suggests mild peppers have the same calorie potential without the mouth-singeing agony.
Mild peppers contain the compound dihydrocapsiate (DCT) while hot peppers have capsaicin in them. The study found the group eating mild peppers had about the same metabolic boost as the group eating hot peppers and about twice of the placebo group.
Mild peppers include bell, banana, rellenos and pimentos. Use them in stir-frys and salads.
This is mostly true also, but it is highly dependent on the source of your caffeine. Drinking black coffee and tea provides a small caffeine boost, but if you get caffeine from energy drinks, you are better off not getting any boost at all.
Energy drinks are loaded with sugar – up to 1/4 cup per drink in some cases. When all that sugar hits your bloodstream, abundant amounts of insulin are released and what your body can’t use at that time is stored as fat – belly fat. One of the most dangerous kinds of fat.
If you want to burn more calories, drink more water. Increasing your water consumption can burn an additional 17,400 calories per year or about 5 pounds.
This myth has been greatly over-exaggerated. Actually while at rest, muscle burns about 6 calories per pound of muscle per hour. However, that is still three times the amount that fat burns in the same amount of time – at just 2 calories per pound.
So it still pays to lose body fat and gain muscle through exercising – it is just that the number of calories burned won’t be as great as reported in the media.
These are just 4 of the more popular myths that have perpetuated themselves over the years.
To increase your metabolic rate, it still comes down to eating healthy foods in the correct portions consistently at the same times, along with cardio and strength training exercise.