Looking for ways to increase metabolism? If you’re frustrated with your inability to lose weight, you may be wondering if a slow metabolism is keeping you from burning fat. There is no shortage of articles telling you exactly what you could do to turn your metabolism into that of a race horse, but are they really true? Is it possible to change your habits in a way that significantly changes your metabolism? First and foremost, let’s get something straight: The Mayo Clinic says that contrary to popular belief, a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. Your metabolism influences your body’s basic energy needs, but what you eat and drink along with your physical activity are the things that ultimately determine your weight. And isn’t that what you want after all? When asking how to increase metabolism, what you really want to know how to lose body fat! Simply put, your metabolism is the process by which your body converts calories into energy. Several things determine how fast your metabolism is including your age, sex, body size, and body composition. You obviously can’t change your age or sex, but you CAN work on burning more calories and fat each day for a leaner body composition and increase metabolism in that way. Here are some simple, effective ideas to show you how to increase metabolism, burn calories, and lower your body fat for a happier, healthier you!
How to Increase Metabolism
I am entering my menopause, and it seems getting more difficult to maintain weights. Being doing exercise 3-4x week, but i still have my abdomen bloated. Watching carbs and high protein lately, getting smoothies. How can I get rid of bloated abdomen? Any exercise recommend?
Thank you fro your patience while I reached out to our experts, here is their reply:
Ahh yes, menopause and peri-menopause. Such interesting times for a woman’s body. First of all, you are doing all the right things, Keeping up your exercise routine, keeping your empty carbs low (keep in mind sweet potatoes, brown rice, fruits and other healthy carbs are good) and focusing on getting enough protein are good. The things you cannot control are generally the things that frustrate you- namely your hormones. There is a level of hormone change that goes up and down with this change in life and sometimes we have to keep doing the best we can without getting frustrated at the things we cannot change.
Read this article on perimenopause and see if it helps you at all. This one is another great bit f info that gives you some awesome ab moves.
This is also a good time to put regular pilates training into your routine. It will help tighten the abdoninal wall and pull muscles in tight down in your “low belly”. At GHU TV put “pilates” in the search bar and you will get lots of different videos that you can do. Pilates has protected my low back and kept my tummy tight even through the bloating and hormone changes of perimenopause.
Hope this helps!
Kim GetHealthyU Team
What kind of intensity work do you recommend for a woman of 75. I walk 3 miles most days and go to the gym 2 times a week. But nothing is high intensity
Hi Carole. So great to hear from you. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with your exercise routine! 3 miles a day of walking is absolutely amazing for you. If you are getting to the gym in addition to that – WOW!
The only advice I have for you is to make sure when you do get to the gym you are focusing on some strength training. It is super important for everyone- but even more important for women over 50. It will keep you strong and independent for years to come. It will protect your bones and connective tissue. If you aren’t sure what to do for strength training, seek out a good trainer who can help you make a plan, attend a class with weights, or try some of our strength workouts at GHU tv. I think you might enjoy our Definitions program which really focuses on strength.
You are doing exactly what you should be doing and I congratulate you!
Kim, GHU Team
My all time favorite topic is about metabolism. Above tips and suggestions are the best to achieve the ideal weight. To become healthy looks easy but many people ended up feeling unhealthy and fats. Please clarify, after eating I usually eat a piece of orange or apple then after 3-4 hours I got hungry again. Is it mean, my metabolism got speed up or because the fruit is bit acidic?
-Internist in Houston
Hi Gregory. Thank you for your question! I have heard of people eating fruit or veggies pre-meal so they aren’t starving at mealtimes, but not after.
Most people eat every 4 hours or so, so perhaps your metabolism is efficient and you are just ready to eat again. Eating frequently is good to maintain a healthy metabolism, as far as fruit and veggies the more the merrier! After dinner a piece of fruit or Greek yogurt with fruit an hour or so after is a nice healthy dessert option as well.
I hope that answered your question.
I work at a job where I rarely get up from my desk for 8 hours a day. It frustrates me! Can you recommend some moves to do during the mini strectch breaks? And, how often should I take a stretch break?
Hi Regina. Thank you for your question. This is a great 10 minute stretch sequence that would be good am/pm: https://www.gethealthyutv.com/video/10-minute-total-body-stretch-015281/ <https://www.gethealthyutv.com/video/10-minute-total-body-stretch-015281/>
Here are some simple stretches you can do from your desk a few times a day: https://gethealthyu.com/simple-desk-stretches/ <https://gethealthyu.com/simple-desk-stretches/>
You could do these stretches a few times throughout the day!
Hope this helps!!