Friday, November 2, 2012

Revving Your Metabolism



QUESTION:

What can you do if you have a slow metabolism?  What foods help to keep your metabolism going?  What exercises rev it up?  Any other tips?  

ANSWER:  If you have a slow metabolism i suggest sticking to a high protein high vegetable diet.  i would only try to consume the amount of fat that is necessary for your body weight which is .45 x your body weight and get these fats from healthy sources like nuts, peanut butter, and fatty fish.  i would limit your starchy carb intake to the last meal before you workout so you have a good source of energy.  a high protein and high vegetable diet will keep you the fullest and most satisfied throughout the day so you will be eating few calories, but feel full.

The more muscle mass you have the faster your metabolism is and the more calories you burn naturally, so i suggest lifting weights and focusing on the compound movements of weight lifting as these burn the most calories and build the most muscle.  


If you do not have access to weight lifting equipment or do not wish to do this kind of exercise the next best thing would be high intensity cardio.  By this i mean doing cardio for 20-30 minutes at a very high intensity and getting you heart rate to skyrocket.  After the high intensity cardio i would do 10-20 minutes of low intensity cardio which would be something like a brisk walk.



As always, never begin a diet or exercise program without the approval of your doctor.
Tony isn't a licensed nutritionist yet, so he can't give anyone advice on what  to do.  Please consult your doctor for his professional opinion on a diet/nutrition program that will work for you.

Tony's blog is a journal of his experiences and what has worked for him.   He lists general guidelines and suggestions only.  He is NOT a professional.

 

4 comments:

  1. This is very interesting, I learned a few things here that I think I'm going to try. Staying "revved up" is tough. Does your metabolism slow with age? I'm about to turn 52 and it seems it's harder to stay motivated than when I was half this age.LOL! Thanks!

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  2. This is a great question and one I'll have Tony answer in a future post!

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  3. is the weightlifting thing also compatible with girls? im afraid im going to bulk up by lifting weights.

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    1. Hi Ellie:

      This is an excellent question and one that deserves a post of it's own. I'll work on getting an answer up for you this week.

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