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You and Your Metabolism

We all pretty much understand that the higher our metabolism is, the better we burn fat–and most of us think that’s a great thing!  Burning fat while I sleep?  Oh yeah!  So here are a few tips on revving up your metabolism:
  1. High Intensity Exercise: When you workout at or above 75 % of your maximum heart rate (that’s hard enough to not be able to carry a conversation while you work out), you probably will have an enhanced metabolism for another 2 to 4 hours after exercise and burn extra calories, whether your workout was the aerobic or weight training kind.  The longer you train at a high intensity, the more calories you burn during and after the work out is done.
  2. Normalizing your pH: When your pH gets into the normal ranges, your body will automatically begin to release the extra fat it held on to in order to neutralize the extra acid.  So keep eating up these spinach salads and putting lime juice on everything!
  3. Fidgeting: Incidental movement in day-to-day activities (NEAT, which stands for “Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis” if you really want to know) seems to be an important key to burning more energy and give you a more efficient metabolism. When your metabolism is running “normally” it seems that NEAT increases when you overeat and decreases when you undereat. This process has evolved over the history of human evolution to maintain body balance. The more you move, the more the body assumes you have excess energy to work off. The less you move, the more the body assumes you don’t, and so it slows down.  You can promote the NEAT process all day long by never missing an opportunity to move when you have an option.
  4. Muscle building: Muscle has a higher energy requirement than fat, so the more muscle and less fat your body is composed of, the higher your metabolism will be.  So go to it!

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