Some ways to boost your metabolism = Greater daily burn

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Posted: 04 Apr 2010, 00:36
I was browsing the internet, like i always do and I found something to to increase your metabolic burn? This is for those days that you're not feeling up to working out of your 'off day from working out' but you still want your output to be greater than your input. anyways here's what I came across. The source where I copied the article is below. if you click on the link it'll take you to the page with the exact info.

When you're hypothyroid, fatigue, difficulty losing weight, or continued weight gain can all be attributable to a drop in the metabolism that frequently accompanies hypothyroidism. Even after your hypothyroidism is properly treated with thyroid hormone replacement, you may find that your metabolism has not bounced back to where it was before. This sluggishness in your metabolism can leave you feeling exhausted, and finding that you can't lose weight, despite a healthy low-calorie diet.

Here are some ways you can help revive and boost your metabolism.

Make sure you eat breakfast.

If you don't eat breakfast, you slow down your metabolism and send the body into "hoard mode," thinking it's starving because you're going a long period of time frequently 8 to 10 hours or more, without food.

Eat the majority of your food earlier in the day.

Dinner should be your lightest meal, and some experts recommend you don't anything after 8 p.m., or any later than 3 to 4 hours before bedtime. This helps your body process and burn the food when you're aware and moving around and burning more calories per hour.

Don't starve.

Dropping your calorie intake below 1,000 calories a day will signal to your body that you are in starvation mode, and will slow down your metabolism.

Eat smaller meals more frequently.

Smaller, more frequent meals keeps your blood sugar stable and provides a steady source of energy to fuel metabolism.

Get enough aerobic exercise.

As much as you can is really a help for your metabolism, and if you do it in the morning, you'll raise your metabolism all day.

Build muscle with weight training or resistance exercise.

At least two to three times a week, you should add weight training or progressive resistance exercise that builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest!

Water, water, water!!

You've heard it before, but drink those 8 8-ounce glasses of water every day. The energy burning process of metabolism needs water to work effectively.

Get enough B vitamins.

Among supplements, if you are suffering from flagging energy, you need to make sure that you are getting enough B vitamins. Vitamin B-12 in particular is one that is essential for energy. To ensure you're getting enough B vitamins, consider taking a B complex, plus a separate sublingual B-12.


In the process of writing my book, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know, I had the opportunity to interview herbal and aromatherapy expert Mindy Green of the Herbal Research Foundation. I asked her what, as a person with hypothyroidism, I should reach for when I'm just completely out of steam, and am ready for a giant double espresso in order to make it through the day. Mindy, said, unquestionably, mate tea. Mate, pronounced, "mah-tay," is an herbal tea native to South America. Mate is considered far more nutritious than black tea or coffee, and though it also has some caffeine, its effects are energizing, rather than making people jittery.

Consider Energy Work

Energy and bodywork , such as yoga, tai chi, qigong (pronounced chee-gung), and Reiki, can all help in adding and balancing energy. In qigong, tai chi, and yoga, gentle movements are used to move energy along the energy pathways of the body. In Reiki, a practitioner helps open up energy channels.

(Remember to always check with your practitioner before starting any herbs or supplements.)

In addition to the article, I would suggest drinking green tea if once again you're a tea person. Brewing a strong large thing of it and drinking it throughout the day is a great way to rid the body of excess fat.

Also I usually don't do energy drinks because well, I don't think they're for me (someone sensitive to caffeine) and I'm not sure I like some of the ingredients in most of them...HOWEVER, I came across this energy drink during a rough semester when I needed an extra push to get up at like 4 am...and it was awesome....this was like october-november...literally drinking one sometimes two of these a day had my pants falling off of me...I stopped drinking it because it was expensive and I'd rather spend my money on food. Anyways here's the link to the main site of the product:
I have purchased then all over. Fred Meyers, Drugs stores i.e. CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and nutrition stores like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe carry it. They usually sell for like $5-7 per 4 pack and on the package there's the statement that one can burns 100 calories...I believe it.
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Posted: 04 Apr 2010, 09:49
Excellent post! Just what I needed at this time!

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Posted: 04 Apr 2010, 09:53
Thank you for sharing, it is all taken on board! ta x
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Posted: 08 Apr 2010, 11:20
Great Info.!

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Posted: 08 Apr 2010, 22:39
celcius here I come!

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Posted: 08 Apr 2010, 23:47
100 calories more than the amount it has or do u break even

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Posted: 08 Apr 2010, 23:59
I'm a tea drinker and a determined lb. loser...I am checking out that Mate tea! Thanks for the great info and time! Smile

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Posted: 09 Apr 2010, 00:44
Wonderful!!! Green Tea it is tomorrow..Oh where can u find the mate tea??

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Posted: 09 Apr 2010, 03:42
i read your article such a really valuable information
for me and all of user i like your article.
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Posted: 10 Apr 2010, 23:08
msrbsinger wrote:
Wonderful!!! Green Tea it is tomorrow..Oh where can u find the mate tea??

If your local grocer has a "health foods" section, you should be able to locate a mate tea there.
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Posted: 11 Apr 2010, 04:56
Those are all generally really good ideas. I have incorporated many of them into my daily routine for the last year or so.

However, there is a consistency problem:


Make sure you eat breakfast.

If you don't eat breakfast, you slow down your metabolism and send the body into "hoard mode," thinking it's starving because you're going a long period of time frequently 8 to 10 hours or more, without food.

Eat the majority of your food earlier in the day.

Dinner should be your lightest meal, and some experts recommend you don't anything after 8 p.m., or any later than 3 to 4 hours before bedtime...

Assuming I am also getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night (which is another well known corollary for weight loss) the timing just doesn't work out. If a individual gets up at 6 AM every day, he/she will have to cease eating the evening before between 6 PM and 7 PM. For just about everyone in the US this simply isn't possible. From personal experience, allow me to say sleep is more important than the late night eating. Just don't eat anything 60 minutes before bed.

Also, in regards to green tea: has a pretty good explanation describing why green tea does not contribute significantly to weight loss. Please drink it, as it is far healthier than soda, but don't expect it to really help "burn fat". Mate tea is in the same boat, as is coffee. The same link also discusses the "no food after 8 PM" myth.

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Posted: 11 Apr 2010, 05:29
While I fully support the ideas of eating enough calories each day, drinking plenty of water, and building muscle, I don't think that meal timing and frequent feedings have a big enough (if any) effect to worry about.

Here's some articles that approach those topics from a different view point:

Eating More Meals Does NOT Speed Up Your Metabolism
What Happens To Your Body When You Fast? – Energy Production

"There's no doubt that the Atkins diet will lower your cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and get rid of your diabetes, but then what?" asked Dr. Robert Rosati, the cardiologist who runs The Rice Diet Program Clinic, granddaddy of Durham's diet centers.

I guess there's really no pleasing some people. Laughing (Source:

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Posted: 11 Apr 2010, 09:26
This 1000 calories a day note is not true.

Every person is different and some people require less to lose weight because they do not have lean muscle and/or slow metabolisms due to lack of exercise.

I personally am being monitored by weight loss professionals, nutritionists and medical doctors and am on a 700-800 calorie restricted diet along with 1000's of other people in the world. We are not in starvation mode.

What counts for "some" does not count for all. When factoring in calories, one must look at lean protein, fats, fibers that make up those calories.

For example: Many Low-Carb diets can bring you into nearly 100 grams of protein a day, which is about an average day consumption (with approximately 54 grams being the very minimum). However the calorie count can still fall very low - anywhere from 500-600 calories depending on the lean proteins sources consumed.


"Don't starve."

"Dropping your calorie intake below 1,000 calories a day will signal to your body that you are in starvation mode, and will slow down your metabolism."

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Posted: 11 Apr 2010, 19:35
RE: 1000 calorie issue.

I have to agree with Chickie9999 - everyone is different. Body chemistry is as different to individuals as the color of eyes can be.

Ask the people around you what kind of pain relievers work for them and what doesn't. It all comes down to your own body chemistry. I have been known to get migrane headaches, and yet Excedrine Migrane doesn't work for me. Alieve, and an ice bag (aleve..?) does. Go figure.

I think it's more about the quality of the calorie than the amount. If what you are eating is good nutrition, but low in calories, well, isn't that the point?

Still, great information Ambition! Got us all thinking and motivated!

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Posted: 12 Apr 2010, 17:37
Does anyone know if the flavored green teas will work or do I just need to drink plain green tea. I think I have an Orange Jasmine one for an example.

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Posted: 12 Apr 2010, 18:34
Flavored green tea should be fine, but what I have a problem with is this Celsius beverage that you are recomending. I read up on it and it does not sound like a healthy supliment to me.


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Posted: 13 Apr 2010, 18:44
RE: calorie issue

Yes, I agree everyone is different and the whole eating like a ticking clock isn't always the solution. Occasionally fasting and switching up your workouts and meals surprises the body and keeps you going! Just like a bad smell isn't as bad when you're around it all the time. Our bodies can get used to the same monotenous schedule. We have to keep it new, exciting and throw curveballs!

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Posted: 15 Apr 2010, 22:05
I think Ambition gave a pretty good post on losing weight by speeding up the metabolism. I suffer from an inactive thyroid and had a hard time losing weight. After I got on Fat secret last Feb 09 I lost up to 53 lbs because I reduced my calorie intake and got the nutrients that my body needed to be able to bicycle. I used to just struggle after 15 miles with my energy. I must say since I have been using Fat Secret I have all kinds of energy to cycle and work around the yard, even after a ride. I believe Ambition said don't eat after a certain time before bedtime and I am a big offender of this. I am going to try not to eat after 9 PM before bedtime. At least an 1/ 1/2.
I do eat breakfast and I believe I will start making it my biggest meal. All I can do is try the advice.
Thanks Ambition for the advice.

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Posted: 16 Apr 2010, 06:33
As far as I know, a calorie restricted diet (below 1200) is fine, as long as you don't work out much, don't plan to stick to it for longer than a month and you enjoy restriction. I've been there before - it works fine, until you get sick of it, decide dieting isn't for you and go yo-yo.
However bump it up to 1200-1400 as Ambition said, and you're more likely to happily sustain the eating plan for months, and exercise, and feel mentally and physically awake. Obviously, the choice of where your calories come from is really important - 1400 calories worth of chocolate biscuits isn't going to do the trick.

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