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What is metabolism and why is it so important to us?

Published 9:01am Friday, October 26, 2012

3) Drinking water helps you burn more calories. Drinking cool water burns even more calories, because your body has to heat it to your body’s own temperature. Also, you need to remember that all your body’s chemical processes, including fat loss use water, because it all goes via the blood steam. Also, muscles are 70-75 percent water, so if your try to work out when you’re dehydrated, it’s like running on flat tires. One thing to remember though; it is possible to drink too much water in one sitting. If you were to drink two gallons of water at one time, it could actually kill you by making your brain swell.
4) Drink tea to burn more calories. Compounds called “catechins” found in green tea boost your metabolism. One study showed that green tea raised metabolism by 4 percent for at least 1 hour.
5) Lifting weights raises metabolism more that cardio. I actually have my clients do both, but building muscle is necessary when trying to lose body fat. Muscle is active tissue, and requires constant attention and maintenance by the body. In other words for every ounce of muscle you gain, your body has to burn extra calories 24 hours a day to keep it healthy. In fact by adding just 3 pounds of muscle, you increase your calorie burn by 6 to 8 percent, which means your body burns an extra 100 calories every day.
Diet or exercise question? E-mail me at dwcrocker77@gmail.com or visit fitness4yourlife.org

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