Improving your metabolism comes down to being able to manage your Metabolic Rate at a healthy level. You should be able to consume enough nutrients for your body’s dietary needs while allowing for optimal performance and recovery with your daily activities.
Your Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of energy or calories, your body uses just to survive throughout the day by maintaining its current state. The greater this number is the more calories your body needs to survive daily. The more it is raised, the more calories you can afford to eat each day.
With a high metabolic rate, there is less effect on your body through overeating and under eating. By having a high metabolic rate, or increased metabolism, it is harder to gain weight while being easier to lose weight.
If you love donuts, then you might want to consider increasing your Metabolism so you can splurge a little more often.
2 Ways To Increase Your Metabolic Rate
Two ways to increase your basal metabolic rate are:
These two can work together when increasing the training stimulus. Your body wants to do what is best for survival, so it does not care to build unnecessary muscle mass unless it needs too. Muscle is calorically expensive to maintain compared to other tissues so there must be a reason for your body to build muscle or maintain it for survival. As long as you create enough stress for your body to need muscle growth for healthy survival, it will.
An important thing to remember about calorie expenditure is cardio burns calories today, while muscle burns calories forever. It is a caloric investment to build muscle. To maintain your investment you must have enough activity to stimulate its use. This is where increasing daily activity comes in to play.
Increased activity, or exercise, helps to build and maintain muscle. This will increase the number of calories needed both to repair and maintain the newly accumulated muscle, raising your Basal Metabolic Rate.
To build muscle it is important that you eat more nutrients and total calories than normal. With an increased nutrient intake along with increased activity levels, your body will be able to grow more muscle and raise your Basal Metabolic Rate.
How To Decrease Your Metabolic Rate
To decrease your metabolic rate you must do the opposite; decreasing activity levels and consuming fewer nutrients. This will make it easier for your body to gain weight while decreasing its ability to lose weight.
This can be very dangerous and unhealthy if not monitored.
Remember, the goal is to manage your metabolic rate to a healthy level. You should be able to consume enough nutrients for your body’s dietary needs while allowing for optimal performance and recovery with your daily activities.
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