The speed of your metabolism is based on a variety of factors. Genes, gender, and age are the three most influential components, and they can ultimately make or break your diet. Being familiar with your metabolism, if it changes from season to season, if exercise will increase it significantly, etc., is an important tool for staying fit and healthy.
If you are male, your metabolism is likely 10-15% faster than any given female. This is mainly because most males have a higher muscle mass, and muscles are what burn the most calories. While 70% of the calories you ingest daily are used for basic bodily functions, the rest is used for fuel for physical activity and for digestion. It's important to make sure you are not eating more calories than your metabolism can burn.
To speed up your metabolism and ensure that you're not going to put on pounds by not burning off calories, there are a few simple things you can do. Exercising more often will boost your metabolism, kickstarting your body. Incorporating more cardio into your fitness routine will also help increase the speed of your metabolism, burning off more calories at a faster rate.
It's also important to eat right when you're trying to keep your metabolism high and steady. Don't skip meals. Your body NEEDS fuel. However, it's not good to load up on empty calories. Eat smart foods. High fiber, whole grain, and lots of veggies and protein will keep you full and lean. Most importantly, eat a healthy breakfast and work out in the morning. This will kickstart your metabolism early in the day.
Maintaining a high metabolism will help keep you fit, feeling good, and healthy.
written by rpfaus, Wednesday, 02:18 PM, July 28, 2010