Increase Metabolism and Slim Down Naturally!

In order to increase metabolism you need a proper combination of diet, supplements, and exercise.

A defective metabolism (most likely caused by poor diet and inactivity) is a main cause of weight-gain and obesity. Once fat begins to accumulate, the body's fat regulating mechanism will slow down the metabolism as required to protect those fat stores. As the ratio of fat to lean muscle increases, resting metabolism continues to decrease which lowers caloric losses.

So what can be done to boost metabolism naturally? We have compiled a list of things you can do to optimize your metabolism to make it easier to burn fat and lose weight.

1. Thyroid health is very important and requires sufficient nutrients to operate properly. A sluggish thyroid will not necessarily test positive for a thyroid problem but is nevertheless very common in the population. Make sure you are getting sufficient quantities of essential thyroid nutrients such as iodine, selenium, manganese, zinc, L-Tyrosine, vitamin D, B2, and C.

All of the above nutrients can be purchased seperately, but we recommend you obtain them in a cost effective multi-nutrient supplement such as Total Balance.

Iron is also very important for thyroid function and one of the best sources is red meat. It is very difficult to maintain thyroid health on a vegetarian diet. Soy consumption is especially damaging to thyroid health which is a staple food for many vegetarians.

2. Protein with fat should be eaten liberally at every meal. Protein increases lean muscle mass which in turn raises basal metabolism. Fat lowers your blood sugar and insulin levels. This reduces appetite and promotes the burning of fat for fuel. Carbohydrate (starch and sugars) consumption should be minimal.

3. Practice Resistance Training - This increases lean muscle mass which causes you to consume more calories when not exercising (raises resting metabolism). Intense but short workouts are the best for releasing human growth hormone which promotes a more lean and youthful appearance. An example of such a workout would be to practice calisthenics and weight training as described in The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise That Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week This type of exercise is safe and effective for everyone.

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