by: Andrew Bicknell
That's right, all you have to do is tap into your own internal engine, increase its RPM's, and watch as it burns away that extra layer of fat you have always wanted to get rid of. That may sound simplistic but the human body is capable of doing just that if you follow some rather simple guidelines. And the best part of learning how to get thin is you don't have to listen to all those sales people peddling the latest fat burning pill or exercise wonder machine anymore.
Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. Calories are the fuel that powers your internal engine. As everyone knows the more calories you burn during the day the more body fat you can get rid of. Not only that but if you maintain an increased metabolism after you lose the fat you will keep it off as well.
It only makes sense that the fuel, or food, you put in your body has an effect on how your metabolism runs. The other thing to remember is that the human body needs a certain amount of calories just to function. Too many calories and it stores the excess for future use. Too few calories and it holds onto its fat stores as if its life depended on it, making it that much harder to lose those extra pounds. There is a balance when it comes to calories eaten and your metabolism, but once you find it losing weight becomes relatively simple if you stick to it.
The key to increasing your metabolism is making some lifestyle changes that revolve around diet and exercise. If you do these two things together you will find that losing weight will become easier and will be permanent if you continue to incorporate a healthy diet and exercise program into your daily life. Here's why.
1. Diet - Diet fads come and go, but the cornerstone of any metabolism boosting diet is simply eating healthy foods. The human body is a complex machine that needs a variety of nutrients to operate at an optimum level. These include protein, carbohydrates, fiber vitamins, minerals, and yes, even fats. This doesn't mean that you should overdo one just because your body needs it to function properly.
If you get most of your calories from nutrient dense foods your body will naturally react with a metabolism increase because it takes more energy to digest these types of food. On the flip side if you eat a lot of processed and refined foods that you will find that your metabolism will stay the same and these types of foods are more quickly and readily converted to fat storage.
2. Exercise - Combining an aerobic and resistance training program with a healthy diet will boost your metabolism even higher. Aerobic exercise burns calories while you exercise as well as decreases your risk for many of today's most deadly diseases like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, among others. The beauty of resistance, or weight training, is it builds muscle. Nothing burns calories quite like lean muscle mass, even when you are doing nothing. It takes quite a bit of energy to not only build that muscle but also to just maintain it.
Staying motivated and sticking to a weight loss plan that consists of a healthy diet and exercise is a great way to get thin. If your long term goal is to get rid of excess body fat then increasing your metabolism is the way to go. You will not only reshape your body but you will keep the weight off with this type of lifestyle change.