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How can you raise your metabolism?

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July 03, 2011 1:15PM

Raise your metabolism

  • Most experts recommend eating 4-6 small meals containing quality protein per day. Spread the meals out evenly. Eat just enough so that you don't feel hungry or full. Eat small portions of food every couple of hours. Also, limit refined processed carbohydrates. They can slow down your metabolism and eating too many can negatively affect your health. All of this really helps to raise metabolism.
  • In addition, to raise metabolism, limit refined processed carbohydrates and replace those foods with fat burning foods to burn more body fat. To assist the metabolism of fat burning foods, drink plenty of fresh water each day. If you are unsure what these foods are, you will find a list of fat burning foods and a list of refined processed carbohydrates, further down this page, listed under Sources and Related Links. If you wish to raise your metabolism further, add to this cardio exercise and weight training if possible.
  • Yes, one of the best and easiest ways to raise metabolism is by eating five or six small meals each day, each containing a portion of fat burning foods, instead of three large meals. To help with the fat burning foods drink plenty of fresh water. The key is to be aware of the content and quantity of each of your small meals. Remember that food portions considered normal by Americans are two to three times larger than European food portions. Green tea is thought by some to contain certain metabolism-boosting properties and is suggested instead of coffee. Eating healthy foods is essential -- (unless vegetarian) fish, chicken, lean meats, beneficial fats and oils, vegetables, particularly dark green vegetables, and some fruits such as berries.
  • In summary, to raise your metabolism eliminate or restrict refined processed carbohydrates (apart from the occasional treat). Replace those foods with fat burning foods and take advantage of the thermic effect of fat burning foods. Remember to drink plenty of fresh water. If you wish to go further, add cardio exercises and weight-training if you are able. Cardio exercise can be such things as brisk walking, running, jogging, mini-trampolining, cross-country skiing, etc. For more information on how to how to raise metabolism through these methods, or for a list of fat burning foods plus more information about the thermic effect, or for a list of refined processed carbohydrates, or for 2 free cardio walking plans to get you started (one easier plan, one harder plan), see the page links, further down this page, listed under Sources and Related Links.

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