Rev Up Your Metabolism

Your metabolism is the engine that runs your body. Fuel it right and it runs at optimum levels to keep off weight by burning more calories. But when you clog your engine with poor food and lifestyle choices, your body tends to become sluggish and pounds can pile up. So learn how to power up your metabolism to keep off the weight — and maybe even lose some pounds while you’re at it!
• Drink enough water. Your metabolic rate is affected by water intake. If you’re dehydrated, you may be burning up to 2 percent fewer calories. So aim to fill up with eight to twelve 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
• Reduce calories while you increase aerobic activity. Otherwise you run the risk of losing muscle, which lowers your resting metabolism by about 2 to 10 calories a day for every pound lost.
• Spice up your meals. Capsaicin, the compound in hot foods like chile peppers, can heat up your metabolism by as much as 23 percent and leave you feeling fuller so you’re eating less for up to two days afterward, according to researchers.
• Eat more protein. Your body uses more energy to process protein, so you may burn up to twice as many calories digesting protein as carbohydrates. Adding protein to breakfast is a great way to get your engine revving and stave off hunger throughout the morning.
• Lift weights. Just adding 3 pounds of muscle through strength training increases your calorie burn by 6 to 8 percent. Working on the largest muscles will build more lean mass and burn more calories. Focus on lifting slowly to get the most out of your muscle-building workout.
• Sip green or oolong tea. The catechins in this tea kickstart your metabolism by up to 10 percent. If you drink two to four cups a day, you could burn an extra 50 calories a day.
• Exercise at high intensity. This will give you an “afterburn,” meaning you’ll continue to burn more calories in the hour or so after you exercise.
Another way to boost your metabolism is with the Reliv Slimplicity® Weight Loss System. Muscle-building protein and other ingredients in the delicious meal-replacement shake, combined with Cellebrate, give your metabolism and weight loss efforts a fat-burning wake-up call. Plus, the eating plan, sample menus, and workout program included with the system help keep you on track as you learn to make smarter lifestyle choices.

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