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Speed Up Your Metabolism For Faster Weight Loss Results

September 5, 2007

couple-happy_2.jpg[]Chances are, you’ve heard it all before. Eat spicy food. Drink green tea. Eat at the same time everyday. At one time or another, each one has been hailed as the best way to speed up your metabolism. But which-if any-actually works?To find out which tactics are fact, and which ones are just plain fiction, we went to our Fitness and Weight Loss Experts, Hollies Winston and Dr. Nicole Williams. Here’s what they had to say:

The Tactic Drink green tea

The Conclusion Despite previous findings, a recent study showed that green tea promoted no weight loss benefits. Both Dr. Williams and Winston seemed to agree, placing it under the fiction category. In other words, don’t waste your time.

The Tactic Eat six small meals a day

The Conclusion Though eating six small meals a day, instead of three large ones, may help to curb eating binges, it’s still up in the air as to whether this tactic actually works. However, Winston does point out that the very act of processing food requires burning calories, so eating multiple, small meals may just help. “But,” he warned, “this is the Western School of thought. Other cultures feel that 5-6 meals a day is too many meals, even if they are small.” Winston was also quick to point out that eating a Twinkie or Ho Ho does not count as a small meal or snack.

The Tactic Eat at the same time everyday

The Conclusion Though it may help to curb hunger binges, Dr. Williams advised to place this one under the fiction category. Winston agreed, warning that if the body gets into a routine, it can tend to coast. In other words, it could stall, not speed up, your metabolism.

The Tactic Drink more water

The Conclusion Dr. Williams reported that drinking either cold or hot water could help to increase your metabolism. Winston agreed, explaining that “the theory is that your body must burn extra calories to process the cold water.” And of course, it’s important that your body stay hydrated throughout the day. “Your body cannot function without water,” Winston explained. So whether this tactic actually works or not, staying hydrated is always something you should do.

The Tactic Eat spicy foods

The Conclusion Dr. Williams placed this tactic in the fact category, and Winston agreed, though he was quick to point out that the results could be minimal. A study on a small group of Japanese women published in a British Journal of Nutrition found that red pepper caused the body to heat up for a short time after the meal. But the effect was not shown to be sustained, he explained. In other words, those of you who find the idea of eating chili peppers everyday a difficult idea to swallow, probably shouldn’t bother with this one.

The Reality At the end of the day, it seems that all these suggestions-whether they work or not-are only able to provide minimal results. Here’s the reality of the situation, according to our Fitness Expert, Hollies Winston: “Drinking cold water may help you burn 10 more calories a day, green tea 20 calories a day, spicy foods 20 calories a day, more small meals 40-50 calories a day, for a total of 100 more calories a day at the very, very most. Compare that to the 3,500 calories that are needed to loose a pound of fat, and suddenly, these ideas don’t seem too great. “And honestly,” Winston argued, “who wants to be the weirdo at the office drinking green tea every day or insisting on eating spicy foods and smelling like curry?” He’s got a very valid point. So what exactly can we do to increase our metabolism?

Both our experts had the same response:

The Best Tactic Building muscle

The Result Both our Fitness and Weight Loss Experts agreed, this is the very best method of speeding up your metabolism. “A pound of muscle burns anywhere from 15-50 more calories a day, Winston explained. “Let’s say you build 10 pounds of muscle (a very modest task) and 1 pound of your muscle burns 25 calories a day. Now you burn an extra 250 calories a day, or 1,750 calories a week, even when you’re not working out.” Translation: you’re already halfway to burning 1 pound of fat.

What more do you need to know? Hit the gym and starting building some muscle today!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2009 7:06 am

    I follow your posts for quite a long time and must tell that your articles are always valuable to readers.

  2. December 14, 2009 1:03 pm

    I think one of the toughest things for me is becoming too caught up in reps and sets. Lets say I plan on doing 4 sets of 12 reps sometimes I make it so I have to hit those exactly when maybe 3 sets was enough and on my last set I only got 10 reps but I quickly lower the weight and bust out 2 more reps.

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