How to Increase Metabolism
You may be aware that if you increase your metabolism, you will be able to eat more calories without putting on weight. This is because an increased metabolism will mean that your body can process food at a faster rate.
So, now that we've established a key benefit of increased metabolism, the next question might be "How to increase metabolism"?
Generally, the more lean muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be. This is because lean muscle burns more calories than body fat. By building your muscles and reducing your body fat, you can increase your metabolism.
Cardio/aerobic exercise can help increase your metabolism because it strengthens your heart and lungs. By performing aerobic exercise, you are making your heart and lungs work harder. Just like your muscles, by working harder they become stronger. And this means they have an increased capacity to pump blood and take in oxygen.
Weight training is an excellent way to increase your metabolism.
First of all, when you work your muscles hard, you are increasing their energy requirements - you'll burn more calories. But perhaps even more importantly, lean muscle burns more calories than body fat anyway. Even when you're resting, your lean muscle will be burning through those calories!
So, this is why weight training is a great way to increase metabolism.
Eat Foods that Increase Metabolism
There are some foods that actually contain less calories than it takes for you to digest them. In other words, whenever you eat these foods, you are burning through the calories!
But not only that, often these foods will leave you feeling full, so you won't want to eat as much.
Foods high in complex carbohydrates and protein are usually the best foods for increasing metabolism. These include fruit and vegetables, as well as other highly nutritious foods.
To learn more, read about foods that speed up your metabolism.