Here's Some Easy Ways
Why is there such a big discrepancy between people when it comes to their metabolism? Whilst there are many factors that can affect our metaobolism, we will consider the 3 major factors and how you can modify each one in order to speed up your metabolism quickly and easily.
The first way to speed up your metabolism and especially your basal metabolic rate is to increase your muscle mass. Since muscle is approximately 3 times more metabolically active than fat tissue, the more muscle you have relative to fat means the more fuel your body can burn.
When people start discussing muscle to assist their weight-loss efforts most people say, 'I don't want to build muscle!' or 'I don't want to look like a bodybuilder!' Unfortunately though, building muscle is actually a difficult process that the body fights all the way. It is even harder for women for a variety of reasons. Suffice to say that it is virtually impossible to build any muscle at all if you limit your food intake.
Also, if you want to lose weight but don't maintain your existing muscle mass by performing a regular resistance exercise routine, then as much as half of the weight you lose will come from your existing muscle mass, resulting in a reduction of your metabolism and which makes further weight loss more difficult.
This situation often occurs in people who are regular dieters. As soon as they finish their diet and return to previous eating habits they immediately put the weight back on and generally even more weight than they lost! This is often called 'yo-yo dieting' because it refers to the constant fluctuations in the dieter's body weight.
In order to prevent the loss of muscle tissue that results during losing weight loss all you need to do is perform at least two 20-30-minute resistance exercise sessions per week. If you are unsure about how to perform the exercises correctly, then seek the assistance of a qualified and experienced personal trainer. They can help make your workouts safe, effective and enjoyable.
What's more, if you are able to increase your muscle mass, even slightly, it can dramatically increase your metabolism, particularly if you exercise regularly.
Resistance exercise is particularly important as we get older simply because we tend to lose muscle as we age. Therefore, the resistance exercise may prevent some of the muscle from being lost.
Research indicates that most people lose half of their muscle tissue and double the amount of fat on their body when they reach the age of 65. It is often referred to as the 'middle-age spread' and can be easily prevented by performing a regular resistance exercise workout.
Having your thyroid gland function at optimum levels also helps to keep your metabolism elevated. Unfortunately though, there are so many potential causes of thyroid problems that many people's thyroid gland doesn't function as well as it should.
Therefore, if your thyroid gland isn't functioning optimally, you must find ways to improve its function. By doing so you will also help to speed up your metabolism.
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located around the trachea in your neck. It produces the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3). These hormones speed up your metabolism by directly affecting the functioning of all body cells. T3 is considered to be the 'active' thyroid hormone and T4 is 'inactive' form because T3 is 5-10 times more powerful in its action than T4.
There are a whole range of factors that can have an impact on how well our thyroid gland functions. This is discussed in more detail in the article titled, Top 10 Causes of Thyroid Problems.
In addition to these factors it appears that in theory, meal frequency may also play a role. If we go without food for greater than about 4 hours our body uses its 'Anti-Starvation Response' to prevent our body from starving. One of the ways it does this is by reducing the output of thyroid hormones.
If you suffer from any of the thyroid disease symptoms, then it is important that you take the necessary steps to help overcome the condition and therefore, help speed up your metabolism.
Certain nutrients have been shown to have a positive influence on thyroid function. Kelp (a type of seaweed that is a good source of iodine), the mineral selenium and the amino acid tyrosine, have all been shown to have a positive impact on the functioning of the thyroid gland.
A variety of other nutrients have been shown to be crucial in assisting the body in the conversion of T4 into T3 (the more active form) as well as limiting the conversion of T4 into reverse T3 (rT3), which actually blocks the T3 receptors on cell membranes and slow your metabolism.
When these nutrients are supplied in the diet or taken in the form of supplements, the functioning of the thyroid gland itself as well as the levels of thyroid hormones in the body are optimised. Overall, this helps to speed up your metabolism.
If you aren't sure whether or not you're getting enough of the required nutrients from your diet alone, then it is best to use a thyroid-support supplement like, BCN's Thyron. It will provide your body with all the nutrients it need to optimise the functioning of your thyroid gland and therefore help to boost your metabolism.
Sympathetic tone describes the amount of noradrenaline released from the dendrites of nerve cells. Noradrenaline is one of the neurotransmitters (nerve transmitter) and the more of it that is released from the nerve endings the higher the sympathetic tone. Since nerves innervate all organs in the body, an increase in their nervous input means an increase in the organ's cellular activity, resulting in a boost of your metabolism.
People who are able to eat whatever they like and not gain weight have a naturally high sympathetic tone and those people who put on weight easily even if they keep their food intake reasonable tend to have a low sympathetic tone.
An easy way to speed up your metabolism by increasing your sympathetic tone is by using 'thermogenics', also known as 'fat burners'. These are discussed in far greater detail in: The Best Thermogenics For You!.
Thermogenics are available in supplement form and they generally contain a range of food or herbal extracts that stimulate receptors on the nervous system. A good example of an effective thermogenic is XLR8 Thermogenic.
Certain foods also have a thermogenic effect and by including them in your diet you will also be able to increase your sympathetic tone and therefore speed up your metabolism. Foods like, coffee or cocoa (caffeine from coffee and theobromine, which is found in cocoa are both powerful thermogenic ingredients) and chilli (capsaicin), certain herbs (forskolin, evodiamine and ephedra) and certain fruit extracts (citrus aurantium). Green tea also has a thermogenic effect and it is also a 'thermogenic extender', which means it helps thermogenics last longer in the body.
Thermogenic supplements are an effective way to speed up your metabolism. Since they have such a powerful impact on your body it is worthwhile 'cycling' their use. This means it is best to use them for approximately 8 weeks followed by a 2-4 week break. Using them in this way will help to ensure maximum effectiveness from the ingredients and therefore help you achieve the best possible results.
There are many ways other ways to boost your metabolism and on this site I will provide you with plenty of strategies to help you do that and therefore easily achieve your weight loss goal. Also, if you would like to discover the most effective step-by-step process to help you lose weight and keep it off, get a copy of my e-book, Look Good, Feel Great!
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