by Brian Cannone

A metabolism is not a thing – nobody is born with a slow metabolism. It is made up of your resting metabolic rate, activity level, eating habits, daily calorie expenditure, and calorie intake. You can change it as fast as you change a few things.

When you are trying to get your body in top physical shape and keep it at a healthy level you need to be aware of just what could possibly hinder your regimen. Your body’s metabolism is arguably the most important factor when it comes to losing weight and burning calories. A common excuse as to why some people cannot lose weight as fast as others is that their metabolism is too slow. Metabolism isn’t the same as athleticism. Some people are born with the ability to excel in athletics but everyone is born with a metabolism. Nobody is born with a slow metabolism. Your metabolism is made up of your resting rate, activity level, eating habits, daily calorie expenditure, and your calorie intake. Learning to control your metabolic rate is just as easy as changing any other habit in your life.

One of the best ways to help speed up your metabolism is to carefully maintain your ratio of your resting rate to your activity level. If your period of daily rest is far greater than the level of your daily activity then your metabolism is going to be a lot slower than it should be. You need to make sure that you are more active daily than you are resting. The more active you are the higher your metabolism is going to be. A good way to help judge just how much time you are spending resting versus the time you are spending active is to keep track of how many hours you are at rest and you are on the move. If you get up in the morning, go to work to sit at a desk for 8 hours and then come home to sit on your couch, your metabolic rate is definitely very slow. However, if this is your daily schedule then you need to help keep up your rate of activity and not remain inactive for the entire day. For instance you can get up periodically and walk around your office or even take a walk on your lunch break.

You should try to get yourself to a gym, or your home gym, at least for 45 minutes a day. By doing this you can raise your activity level above your level of rest and help boost your metabolism. With that being said, you also need to be careful of just how active you are. If you are going constantly and are always active you need to make sure that your body is getting the amount of rest that is necessary to recuperate. Your body needs at least 8 hours of sleep a night to recuperate from the day’s activities. There is such a thing as over working your body! You do need to keep it at a reasonable level; your activity level should not be drastically higher than your resting rate. To keep your metabolic rate at its highest you just need to keep your daily activity rate higher than your daily period of rest.

Another factor that is essential to keeping your metabolism at its highest is your eating habits. You need to maintain a healthy diet in order to keep your body performing at its peak. You should be eating healthy meals every 3-5 hours. Eating smaller meals periodically throughout the day will help your body burn the most calories and keep your metabolic rate high. There is a difference between eating every few hours and eating healthy. You should not be just eating anything whenever you get hungry. You should be eating whole foods and foods with single ingredients. The fewer ingredients that are contained in an item of food, the lower the calories and additives, making it the healthiest thing you can eat. You also need to be conscious of what you are drinking. You need to eliminate drinks that are high in sugars. The best thing you could be drinking constantly throughout the day is water. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Combining healthy eating with drinking a lot of water keeps your eating habits out of harm’s way.

A good way to help maintain your healthy diet is to keep track of your daily calorie expenditure. This simply means that you need to be aware of how many calories you need to consume daily. When you have determined just how many calories you need to take in daily then the disbursement of your calories per meal come into play. You will still be eating your 3 main meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and a bigger chunk of your daily calorie expenditure needs to be delegated to your top 3 meals. The other items you eat, which can sometimes be referred to as snacks, should not be a top priority for your calorie count. That means you have to assign a calorie number per snack and you need to keep in mind that the calorie number needs to not be higher than one of your top 3 daily meals. When you assign a calorie number to each of the meals you consume you need to be aware of if you are maintaining the number assigned. If for one of your snacks and/or meals you have eaten less than the number of calories delegated, then you need to add those lost calories onto another meal. When you are trying to keep your metabolism rate fast then you need to make sure your body is getting the consistent number of calories per meal.

Metabolism is something that everyone is born with. Remember to keep in mind that there is no such thing as being born with a slow metabolism. Changing your metabolic rate is no different than changing any other habit of yours. Raising and maintaining your metabolism is easy! It is all about your resting rate, your activity level, eating habits, and your daily calorie disbursement. You need to burn off more calories than you consume and you need to keep your activity level higher than your resting rate!

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