People are always asking, "how do I increase my metabolism?" Well, it really boils down to two main factors that you can control, i.e. your muscles and your food. Before we dive into that, lets start by explaining and defining a couple of things.
Metabolism is essentially the chemical processes that occurs in your body, which includes processes like, breaking down food, growth, and bodily repair.1, 2, 3 Basal metabolic rate (BMR) on the other hand refers to the amount of energy you need to maintain normal bodily functions.1, 2
For the purposes of this topic, we will be focusing on how to increase your BMR. Why would people want to increase their BMR? Simple. If you burn more energy, you lose weight. Of course, this is an oversimplified statement, but lets try not to overcomplicate things
So how do we increase our BMR? Well, our BMR is largely determined by the amount of lean muscle mass in our body.1, 2 The more lean muscles we possess, the higher our BMR. The higher our BMR, the more energy we burn and the more weight we lose.1 From this, we can clearly state that more lean muscles is benefinicial to our cause but how do we achieve this? Well we can achieve this through these two methods:
- Exercise: Exercise helps build more lean muscles.
- Food: The food that we eat also plays a role because it helps repair the body, especially by building more lean muscles to ensure that the body is equipped for the exercises that we put our body through.
In conclusion, the sure-fire way to increase your metabolism is to exercise and eat the right food that will help build lean muslces.
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