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Improve Your Metabolism and Shed Excess Pounds

One of the keys to having more energy and preventing or shedding excess weight gain is a healthy metabolism. Simply put, your metabolism to how much energy you use up each day, as measured by how many calories you burn. The more efficient your metabolism is, the more efficiently you will burn up calories.

During periods of increased activity, your metabolism will operate at a higher level and burn more calories. But even when you are resting or sleeping, your metabolism is working and burning calories. It just isn't doing so at the same rate as when your metabolism is high due to physical activity.

One of the differences between people with healthy energy levels who are able to maintain their ideal weight, and people who are less energetic and who struggle to not gain excess weight is that people in the former category efficiently burn calories—and more of them—even when they are doing nothing. Even at rest, their metabolisms are performing optimally, helping to keep them fit, trim, and full of energy.

If you need to lose weight and/or increase your energy levels, you need to boost your resting metabolic rate (the rate at which your metabolism performs when you are at rest). One of the best ways of doing so is to increase your body's overall lean muscle mass. Lean muscle tissue requires more energy than fat body tissue. As a result, by increasing your overall muscle mass, you will also be turning your metabolic rate up a notch or two. The end result will be a more efficient resting metabolic rate that burns calories more efficiently and increases energy levels.

If you need to increase your body's overall muscle mass, consider a regular program of weight training and strength conditioning. In the beginning, if you can, seek instruction from a professional fitness trainer and also consult with your physician to ensure that you are fit enough to engage in the exercises your instructor will suggest for you. Performing such exercises as little as twice a week for at least 30-45 minutes per session can make a dramatic difference in your health, by boosting your metabolism and helping you to more efficiently burn calories throughout the day. For even better results, consider adding some aerobic exercises to your work out routine, and be sure to eat healthy foods.

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