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How do I increase my metabolism ?
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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Healthy Lifestyle
Not skipping meals will help boost your metabolism. Eating smaller healthy meals/snacks 4-6 times a day keeps your metabolism going, skipping meals can slow it down.
Exercise also helps. Muscle requires energy, even when you are not doing anything. So the more muscle you have the more your metabolism needs to work to make energy for your muscles. Good luck!

In brief: Healthy Lifestyle
Not skipping meals will help boost your metabolism. Eating smaller healthy meals/snacks 4-6 times a day keeps your metabolism going, skipping meals can slow it down.
Exercise also helps. Muscle requires energy, even when you are not doing anything. So the more muscle you have the more your metabolism needs to work to make energy for your muscles. Good luck!
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Speed metabolism.
Weight training builds lean muscle which is metabolically active around the clock, day and night.
While some studies suggest that cardiovascular exercise may stimulate the metabolism for as much as 48 hours after the exercise, it may be much less time. Both are best in combination. As well, eating a small healthy meal of lean protein and complex carbs every 2-3 hours speeds the metabolism.

In brief: Speed metabolism.
Weight training builds lean muscle which is metabolically active around the clock, day and night.
While some studies suggest that cardiovascular exercise may stimulate the metabolism for as much as 48 hours after the exercise, it may be much less time. Both are best in combination. As well, eating a small healthy meal of lean protein and complex carbs every 2-3 hours speeds the metabolism.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Increase muscle mass
The healthiest way is to increase muscle mass by healthy diet and weight-bearing as well as aerobic exercises.
More active muscles will burn off more calories, even some when they are resting i.e. During your sleep. Fat does not burn calories! it actually stores enegery/calories!

In brief: Increase muscle mass
The healthiest way is to increase muscle mass by healthy diet and weight-bearing as well as aerobic exercises.
More active muscles will burn off more calories, even some when they are resting i.e. During your sleep. Fat does not burn calories! it actually stores enegery/calories!
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: Why do you ask?
Most of the "pop" talk about "increasing your metabolism" is mumbo-jumbo.
You've probably noticed that it doesn't make sense. The bottom line on avoiding having excess body fat is calories in, calories out. If you exercise, you'll tend to eat substantially less and generate a little more body heat. Push yourself hard and your benefits will only begin with getting trimmer. Best wishes.

In brief: Why do you ask?
Most of the "pop" talk about "increasing your metabolism" is mumbo-jumbo.
You've probably noticed that it doesn't make sense. The bottom line on avoiding having excess body fat is calories in, calories out. If you exercise, you'll tend to eat substantially less and generate a little more body heat. Push yourself hard and your benefits will only begin with getting trimmer. Best wishes.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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