Health Team

Boost Your Metabolism With Diet, Exercise

Posted March 2, 2007

Proper diet and exercise can help speed up a person's metabolism -- the rate in which the body burns calories -- nutrition and fitness experts say.

"Metabolism is fairly stable, but there are things that we can do to rev it up," says registered dietician Pamela Downer.

The first step to mastering one's metabolism is mastering meal times, beginning with breakfast.

"When you eat breakfast, you end up eating less throughout the day," Downer says.

Studies show three light meals placed about four hours -- with light snacks in between -- are the best way to boost metabolism.

The best metabolic meals follow the fuel formula: 30 percent protein, 30 percent good fats and 40 percent carbohydrates.

Paired with regular workouts, "Most people can really influence their metabolism," sports physiologist Rob Herzog says.

Herzog recommends cardiovascular exercise and weigh training to help boost metabolism. Lean muscle and changing workouts keep the body burning calories.

Metabolism is determined by a number of factors, including genetics. Women naturally have slower metabolisms than men; and for both sexes, the ability to burn calories wanes as they get older.

Some research suggests that not getting enough sleep can disturb normal metabolism

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  • packandcanesfan Mar 7, 2007

    I lost a lot of weight a few years ago and changed my eating habits completely ..ok so I fall off the wagon sometimes when ice cream calls my name... :) But I exercise everyday whether it be walking or walking and crunch combos. If you don't exercise, it is impossible to stay ahead of the game.

    and Mad Baumer, that sounds like Rodney Dangerfield. :)

  • In search of justice Mar 6, 2007

    Cute Mad Baumer, but true!! I've just joined the exercise and diet craze myself. No pills, no fads, so starving myself...just good old fashion common sense. I have reduced my food intake, make better food selections, and exercise 6/7 days for an hour. Its not easy, but a necessity to continue to enjoy a healthy life...good luck to anyone else trying to conquer a better weight and health; thanks WRAL for posting this advice.

  • the pied piper Mar 5, 2007

    Body build is also genetic. If your parents were both overweight or both skinny, more than likely, you'll be too. Those weight loss claims on TV fail to mention that. GEE, I wonder why? (Yes, I'm being sarcastic there). But exercise does make this slightly overweight girl feel good. And, I try to eat right. But, I ain't giving up my chocolate! MINE! MINE! MINE!

  • Mad Baumer Mar 3, 2007

    All these fad diets, and it all comes back to diet and exercise. It is so true. As a good comedian once said "you need less food going in to hole #1 and more food coming out of hole #2!!"