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How to Boost Metabolism for Middle Aged Weight Loss

By Tony Novelli

Before we can control our metabolism to our advantage for burning fat, we must first understand what metabolism is. So!

What is metabolism?

Metabolism is the engine that drives every cell, and every function and part of yourbody. Your metabolism helps you walk, talk, fight off illness, even digest food. Its fuel is the calories we eat. Each calorie you consume goes into the “metabolic fuel tank” that powers the machine that is you. Keep the tank filled and you should be good to go, right?
Our Slowing Metabolism

As you age, your body becomes less effective at burning calories, mostly because of a gradual decrease in activity and the resulting loss of muscle tissue. Statistics say that your metabolism can slow as much as 25 to 30 percent over your adult life, says Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., director of the John Hancock Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Tufts University. As a result, your body tends to store excess calories in the form of –yep, you guessed it — body fat, and that extra weight only slows you down more as you get older. So it only goes to know that boosting your metabolism, especially if your middle aged, will help you lose weight.
Strategy 1 to boost metabolism

weight training

For most men and women, strength-training can help boost metabolism by as much as 10 percent in 12 weeks by rebuilding muscle. In can also increase the density of bones. That’s another added benefit especially, for women and the elderly.

Strategy 2 to boost metabolism

Cardio type exercises

By adding some cardio type exercises such as walking, swimming and the stationary bike, you add to increase the number of calories burned. Now your getting that metabolsim cranking and that heart pumping causing your body temperature to rise, which also burns calories.

Strategy 3 to boost metabolism

Eat small eat often

To further crank up your metabolism, remember to eat 5 or 6 small meals evenly spaced through out the day. Lots of fruit, vegetables and good lean proteins will support the repair and growth of muscles and fuel your exercise regimen. Change from eating white potatoes to sweet potatoes and from white rice to brown rice. Add fiber to your diet such as whole grain oats and  whole wheat breads which helps fill you up and transport cholesterol out of your system. Drinking plenty of water will also help fill you up, rehydrate your body and flush out toxins.

My favorite tip:

Here’s my favorite tip: Never eat dinner past 6pm, only a light snack such as fruit and cottage cheese or maybe a low fat yogurt. But if you must eat dinner late, eat only protein and veggies and no starches, that means no rice, potatoes, or pasta. This tip alone can help you drop 5 pounds. Try to eat your starches during the day if you can. Eat a good sized breakfast and lunch and make dinner a light meal.  Armed with this useful information you can start to increase your metbolism and lose the weight you want. Good luck!

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Novelli, Tony "How to Boost Metabolism for Middle Aged Weight Loss." How to Boost Metabolism for Middle Aged Weight Loss. 5 Jul. 2010. 6 Jun 2015 <>.

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