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REV  UP  YOUR  METABOLISM

Put your metabolism to work for you, now’s the perfect time to incorporate some metabolic-revving tips into your daily regimen and avoid gaining weight.

REV  UP  YOUR  BODY’S  ENGINE

We eat food for fuel. When we burn it for energy to run our bodies, the process creates heat. Nutritional supplements can assist the body’s engine to burn fuel efficiently, helping our metabolism stay revved and functioning well.

DAILY  REGIMEN  TIPS

Keep  your  metabolism  revved  with  these  tips:

  • Engage  in  30  minutes  of  activity every day to help  minimize weight  gain  and  to raise  metabolic  rate.
  • Tone  your  muscles  by weight  training  three  days  a  week.
  • Start  small–try  walking  with  500g  to  1kg  weights.
  • Do  not  eat  fewer  than  1,200  calories  a  day.  Eating  too  little  may  slow  your  metabolism.
  • Never  skip  breakfast.  It  may  slow  down  your  metabolism.
  • Nutritional supplements, such as Herbalife’s ThermoComplete and Herbal Tea Concentrate, can help boost metabolism.*
  • Have a supply of protein-powered healthy snacks on hand as an alternative to carb-loaded junk food.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

METABOLISM:  TRUTHS  AND  MYTHS

By  Susan  Bowerman,  M.S.,  R.D.,  C.S.S.D.

We hear a lot about metabolism–and often blame our “slow metabolism” for our inability to keep our weight under control. But what is metabolism, exactly? And is there anything we can do to change our metabolic rate?

Metabolism basically refers to all the chemical processes that take place in the body in order to sustain life– allowing you to breathe, pump blood, keep your brain functioning and extract energy from your food. When you hear the term metabolic rate–more accurately called basal (or resting) metabolic rate–that refers to the number of calories your body at rest uses each day, just to keep all your vital organs functioning. You burn additional calories through your daily activities and formal exercise, but by far, the majority of the calories that you burn each day are your basal calories.

The number of calories that you burn every day is directly related to your body composition. Think of your body as divided into two compartments. In one compartment is all the body fat; in the other compartment is everything that isn’t fat (e.g., bone, fluid, tissue, muscle)–that’s the fat-free compartment. The size of your fat-free compartment determines your metabolic rate, with every pound of fat-free mass burning about 14 calories per day.

If you weigh 68kg and 23kg of you is fat and 45kg is fat-free, then you would burn about 1,400 calories per day at rest. If you don’t get much activity, you won’t burn much more than this throughout the day. But if you weigh 68kg and 12kg of you is fat, and 56kg of you is fat free, then you burn 1,750 calories per day at rest. And if you get some regular exercise and burn a few hundred calories more per day, your total calorie burn for the day might be 2,000 calories!

Since the fat-free compartment contains muscle tissue, one of the best things you can do to boost your metabolic rate is to strength-train to increase your muscle mass. If you build up 5kg of lean body mass, that’s another 140 extra calories that you burn per day–not to mention the calories that you burn through exercise.

Here  are  a  few  truths  and  myths  about  metabolism:


MYTH:  AGING  SLOWS  YOUR  METABOLISM.

Truth: People do tend to put on weight as they get older, but it isn’t inevitable. People have a tendency to exercise less, or less vigorously, as they age–and that means fewer calories burned per day. As activity levels and intensity go down, loss of muscle mass can occur. This then shrinks the body’s fat-free compartment and leads to a lower metabolic rate. Cardiovascular exercise will burn calories and resistance training to preserve or build up muscles are great defenses against age-related weight gain.

MYTH:  YOU’RE  STUCK  WITH  THE  METABOLISM  YOU  HAVE,  AND  YOU  CAN’T  CHANGE  IT.

Truth: We all seem to know people who can “eat whatever they want and never gain weight” or those who “just look at food and put on 10 pounds.” But lifestyle plays a big part in determining the calories you burn per day. While it may appear that there are people who eat all the time and never seem to gain, chances are they make healthy, relatively low-calorie selections naturally. And many of these people burn more calories through what is called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT)–basically, they move around a lot during the day. They might fidget more, get up from their desks frequently during the day to stretch, or walk down the hall to talk to a colleague instead of emailing. Next time you’re in a public place–say a coffeehouse–become an observer. You may notice that heavier people sit very still and hardly move. Leaner people may use more hand gestures, or wiggle a foot or a crossed leg. The point is, build more muscle and then use it by moving around more throughout the day.

MYTH:  EATING  A GRAPEFRUIT  WITH  MY  MEAL  WILL  SPEED  UP  MY  METABOLISM.

Truth: There’s nothing special about grapefruit that will speed up your metabolism. Sometimes it’s recommended that you should eat half a grapefruit with each meal for this purpose. But the reason this may work is not because of anything magical about grapefruit. It’s simply a watery, low-calorie food that takes up space in the stomach that might normally be taken up by higher-calorie foods. It may help weight loss, but it doesn’t have any effect on your metabolism.

MYTH: IF I CUT CALORIES, MY METABOLIC RATE WILL SLOW DOWN, SO WHAT’S THE POINT OF EXERCISING?

Truth: It is true that your metabolic rate can slow a bit when you cut calories. After all, your body’s natural inclination will be to try to conserve calories as best it can. But these decreases are relatively small, and if people become more active as they lose weight, this can offset these small changes. By dieting and exercising, you can help to preserve the rate at which your body burns calories.

POWER  YOUR  METABOLISM  WITH  PROTEIN

Your muscle mass works like a furnace, burning calories and stored fat for energy. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism, the faster you burn calories. Eating plenty of protein daily is essential to maintaining your muscle mass for good health, energy and effective weight management.

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