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Speeding up your metabolism, speeding up your weight loss

What is metabolism?

I once read an ebook on how to boost your metabolism to lose weight, and I was quite dissappointed to find that the author took a quarter of the ebook to define metabolism, and another quarter to define calorie. So I'll define metabolism very simply here, in laymans terms, metabolism is the amount of energy that the body uses. Someone with a slow metabolism uses fewer calories to do a job, while someone with a faster metabolism, uses more calories to do the same job. It doesn't stop there though, as the body is in a constant state of energy usage -- eg cell repair and replacement -- and this constant state of energy usage is called the resting state, and again, people with fast metabolism burn more calories than those with a slower metabolism.

Metabolism is primarily controlled through hormones that the body generates, and many people use the excuse that they have a slow metabolism that is causing their weight gain - vis "Im not responsible" for what I put in my mouth, my lack of exercise ..... If you are reading this, you have made the decision I believe that you are resposible enough to accept responsibility for your desired weight loss. The bottom line is simply that metabolism represents a process – countless processes, in fact – that convert food into energy. When this process creates cells, it’s called anabolism. When this process breaks cells down, it’s called catabolism.


For people trying to lose weight, it’s important to experience catabolism. That is, it’s important to convert food into energy that is used to break cells down. Catabolism is also important because it prevents excess energy (calories) from being stored by the body.

Remember: when the body has too many calories – regardless of what food source those calories came from – it can only do two things. It can desperately try and see if you have any energy needs (like maybe you’re running a marathon at the time). Or, more often, it will have to store those calories. It has no choice. And unless you have lean muscle that is gobbling up those excess calories, you’ll be adding fat. The remainder of this book, however, is going to point you in the opposite direction. You’ll learn various techniques, tips, and strategies to boost your metabolism. And then, in the latter part of this book, you’ll be introduced to some metabolism-boosting foods that you’ll surely want to add to your regular eating regimen.


Chances are that you’ve tried – at least once in your life – to boost your metabolism. Perhaps (like most of us) you weren’t quite certain what a metabolism was, and perhaps (again, like most of us) you probably didn’t quite know all that you needed to know in order to accomplish your goals.

Maybe you started a rigorous exercise program of jogging and muscle toning.

Or maybe you started eating several small portions a day, rather than three large traditional meal-sized portions. Or maybe you started taking all kinds of supplements that promised to boost your metabolism. The thing is, is that all of these methods can indeed work. Really: exercise, eating strategically, and ensuring that your body has catabolism-friendly supplements are but three of many generally good ideas.

So what’s the problem? The problem is that many of us have no real scientific understanding of what, how, or why these methods boost metabolism.

Some of us, in fact, don’t really even know if they work; we just think that they do.

For example, a person may start a vigorous exercise program that includes significant aerobic cardiovascular movement, such as jogging or cycling.

And indeed, after a week, that person may notice a drop in weight. Yet is this due to a boosted metabolism? Maybe; maybe not. Could it be due to water loss through perspiration that hasn’t been adequately replenished? Maybe or maybe not. The point here is that many people – at risk to their health and wellness – don’t quite understand the tips, strategies, and techniques of boosting their metabolism. And that’s what we’re going to explain now

. On this page, you won’t come across any casual information that a friend of a friend heard on TV. Nor will you be subjected to off-the-cuff information of how to boost your metabolism. Rather, we’re going to look at the popular, easy, fun (yes, believe it or not), and successful ways to boost your metabolism.

The popular and widely respected Internet publication i- Village highlights 11 key ways to speed up metabolism. To most easily introduce and discuss them here, we’ve taken these 11 key ideas and broken them down into 3 broad categories:

As you go through each of the 11 key points covered by those three pages, you’ll certainly note that there is some overlap between them. For example, it’s hard to imagine that introducing exercise into your life isn’t, in many ways, a lifestyle choice.

Similarly, integrating all kinds of metabolism-boosting foods into your diet is surely going to influence how you spend your time (probably less time in fast food line-ups, for one!). So with this being said, please don’t get bogged down in the categories; they are merely provided here to help organize these points, and to help you easily refer to them in the future. The important thing for you to do is understand each of the 14 points, and evaluate how you can responsibly integrate them into your life


We’ve come a long way! We now actually know more about the metabolism, and how to increase metabolic speed, than most people; and we’re therefore in a position to put that information to good use.

We’ve learned that the metabolism is a process and not an actual body part.

It harmonizes two essential bodily functions: converting food into cells/tissues, and breaking cells down to provide energy. We learned that the former process is known as anabolism, and the latter is catabolism.

Indeed, it’s this latter process that influences our ability to lose weight, and to keep it from coming back! Yet going beyond the biological basics, we also learned of 3 integrated aspects of speeding up metabolism and losing weight.

These aspects were categorized in terms of: exercise, lifestyle, and diet. And within each of these 3 categories were a total of 11 important, practical, and quite easy ways to boost metabolism.

Now, indeed, it’s the time for action; for as they say, wisdom is the result of experience, not study! Obviously, of course, it was essential for us to understand this subject and how it relates to boosting metabolism. So in that light, study is invaluable. But now you’re equipped with the knowledge that you need.

The next step – boosting your metabolism – is all up to you. Good luck, have fun, and enjoy your better, leaner healthier life!


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