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Ever had a friend or colleague that can demolish a takeaway regularly and not pile on the pounds? An enviable situation to be in and one where the majority of us have to slog it out in the gym keeping our waistline in check instead.

Whilst there's no magic answer, the experts at LEAN Active have 5 tips for boosting metabolism.

What is metabolism?

Metabolism is better known as resting metabolic rate, this refers to the amount of calories burned at a resting state which can be anything from sitting, sleeping or lying down. The calories burned during these basic functions are key for survival, including breathing, circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients around the body.

Metabolism can account for around 70 percent of total calories per day. The higher a metabolism, the more calories burned.

How to boost your metabolism:

1. Weight training

Weight training with particular emphasis on resistance training, helps to induce muscle damage, a process required for developing muscle growth to occur. Regular training has reportedly shown to increase metabolic rate by 7 per cent from a resting state. An intense training session can increase metabolic rate by 11-12% for up to two hours after a workout.

2. High intensity exercise

High intensity exercises including HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts can have a major impact on metabolic rates. Oxygen consumption is often elevated during these workouts, which in turn elevates the energy expended for up to 48 hours, further having a positive impact on metabolic rates.

3. Protein, Protein, Protein

Protein is used by the body to help repair muscle tissue and aid growth. Muscle mass also has an impact on metabolic rate, the more you have has a positive impact on your metabolism.

4. Rethink the diet plan

On a constant diet? You are not helping your metabolism as it can have a negative impact, the body begins to conserve energy. 

5. Get enough sleep

It is recommended that adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every evening. It provides the body with sufficient time to rest but is also beneficial for maintaining metabolism rates. Sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on hormonal balance in the body, which can then have a profound affect on metabolic and cardiovascular rates.

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