If there is a secret to losing weight and keeping it off your metabolism (your body's engine) is it. Often surrounded in mystery your metabolism is the rate your body burns fuel and a healthy model is your best fat-burning and weight loss friend. Some people are blessed by the fast-metabolism gods, but for most of us we wish that we could burn more fuel (calories) that we do right now.
It is worth understanding the basics about your metabolism because when it is well conditioned and running properly (like a well-tuned car) it can bolster your weight loss efforts in significant ways. And the opposite is true as a sluggish metabolism will hinder even the most valiant efforts at weight loss.
Your metabolism is the key to weight loss
Working to improve 'metabolic fitness' so there is better fat burning is the new way to lose weight and more importantly keep it off. When our hormones are balanced our body burns the glucose produced from the food we eat for energy and none or little gets stored as excess on our body. And the opposite is true as well and when our metabolism is sluggish you will store it as excess body fat - which of course is how we become overweight.
For the last 30 odd years we paid little attention to the health of our metabolism and exercise programs for weight loss focused only on what happened during an exercise session. But now things have changed and the most important factor of an exercise program is what happens after it is over.
Of course what you eat is important but it is your exercise program that will help determine, where, when and how the calories you eat are used. Long duration, low intensity exercise that we used to believe was necessary for weight loss is now not considered the best type of exercise as it is simply too low in intensity (degree of difficulty) to stimulate fat burning hormones.
Now-a-days, for the fastest weight loss your body composition (muscle/fat ratio) is what determines the health of your metabolism and you can improve that with proper strength training exercise which is the only type of exercise that will directly work the muscles under a load. It makes good sense to get and keep your muscles healthy and toned as it is within the muscle cells that glucose is burnt for energy.
Tone up your muscles for fast weight loss
Weak flabby muscles have low energy requirements and will not help you with losing weight and this is why it is vital to get them back in toned condition so they can go to work for you chewing into and burning off that excess fat weight.
Your strength training program - done at the correct level of intensity will ensure weight loss as your metabolism will be burning more fuel every minute of the day and night even when sleeping or watching television. This is what will get you back the slim trim body you desire.
Get even faster weight loss results with a healthy eating plan to give you the energy you need to exercise properly with some intensity. Poor food choices (mainly processed foods) will simply not supply you with the fuel you need and instead will drain your energy levels. When you are not making good food choices then you will simply not feel like being active so weight loss will be so much slower and more difficult.
You will need to become more active both with your exercise program and in your everyday life as this is what is going to rebuild your metabolic motor and burn more calories (your stored body fat). Once you achieve this you will be well on the way for winning the weight loss battle for good.