The Truth About Boosting Your Metabolism

Boosting your metabolism – It‘s the talk of the town.

It seems that everyone has the perfect recipe that can help you increase your metabolism – from manmade supplements to natural foods, and from exercise routines to meditational practices.

But before you buy into claims that a certain supplement or exercise can boost your metabolism by astounding rates – sometimes as much as by 115 percent – stop and think about what that really means.

An elevated metabolic rate has very specific symptoms.

When you exercise, your metabolic rate is elevated, and your body shows all the classic symptoms – fatigue, perspiration, an elevated heart rate, heavy breathing, and thirst.

Bodybuilders and fitness models often use a drug called Clenbuterol to increase their metabolism. Clenbuterol causes fatigue, perspiration, an elevated heart rate, heavy breathing, thirst – and even heart palpitations.

Hyperthyroidism, a medical condition, also causes an elevated metabolic rate. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include fatigue, weakness, irritability, perspiration, and an increased heart rate.

Most of us have not taken Clenbuterol, and most of us don’t suffer from hyperthyroidism, but most of us have increased our metabolic rate through exercise.

Try this: The next time you go to the gym, walk for 10 to 20 minutes on a treadmill at a speed of 5 miles per hour.

How will you feel when you are finished?

If you were to increase your metabolic rate by a large percentage, you would feel like you’d been walking on a treadmill all day.

Will so-called metabolism-boosting recipes such as taking a teaspoon of cinnamon or drinking a cup of green tea make you feel like you’ve been exercising all day? Obviously not.

If your metabolism is truly elevated, you’ll be sweaty, tired and thirsty. And if you feel that way all the time, you could have some serious health problems.

Short metabolism boosts are good for you, but 50 to 100 percent boosts are neither realistic nor safe.

If you want to lose weight, focus on eating less, not burning more. Your diet should help you lose body fat, and your exercise routine should be used to help you maintain or increase your muscle mass. Also, drink less alcohol because it can slows down fat burning –

Cinnamon and green tea have their advantages, but they won’t help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism.

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