October 3, 2011
Boosting your metabolism is the goal for any weight watcher. If you are hoping to shed a few pounds, getting your metabolism to burn calories faster makes the job easier to manage. However, that is easier said than done in most cases. Your success depends on a variety of factors. For example, it is natural that men burn calories faster than women do, even when a man is resting. Once you hit the magic age of 40, your metabolism slows down – further making it hard to lose weight. You may not feel you have many options to boost your metabolism then, but in fact, you do.
One of the best ways to push your metabolism numbers higher is to build muscle. Even when you do nothing, your body is burning calories. However, if you have more muscle mass (and that does not necessarily mean bulky muscles) your body will burn more calories even as you relax. That is because each muscle needs six calories a day just to support it. Keep in mind that each pound of fat burns only two calories per day. This difference adds up over time and makes a significant difference in your body’s makeup.