Best Diet to Maintain a Fast Metabolic Rate


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Best Diet to Maintain a Fast Metabolic Rate

 

 

Though metabolic rate depends on various factors (including age, gender, body composition, genetic and various external and internal factors), you can maintain a fast and healthy metabolic rate if you follow a proper balanced and nutritious diet, and if you combine it with physical activity as well as other regimented exercise programs.

 

Aside from eating the right foods to boost your metabolic rate, there are other routines regarding timing and quantity of food intake that can affect your metabolism. Thus, to keep your metabolic rate at a fast and steady pace, you have to eat the right types of food at regulated timings and in the right quantities also.

 

For instance, if you have been going for walks regularly and still find that you are gaining weight, you need to watch your diet. It’s a good idea to eat lesser calories. Yet, more often than not, in a frenzy to lose weight, we starve or go on crash diets, which result in severe depletion of nutrition.

 

It is recommended that you should never go below 1200 calories per day – as this is the optimum energy level needed for your metabolism. Of course, these critical calories must come from healthy nutritious food.

 

In this regard, use the Pyramid diet as a guide. It is a diet plan recommended by USDA which satisfies the nutritional needs of an average American. You can find more information by doing a search on Google for the “Pyramid Diet”.

 

It all depends on whether you wish to lose weight through dieting, since just physical exercises are not giving you the desired result. You could reduce portions and servings that are considered helpful, while still using the pyramid model as your guide.

 

From the above information, one question that pops up is what a ‘serving’ is as this is a relative term and may vary from one individual to the other. You can do a search for the National Institutes of Health (1998) and American Diabetic Association Exchange List using Google and you’ll find a listing of their recommended servings.

 

There are some golden rules to be followed if you are looking for the right diet for maintaining a fast metabolic rate.

 

These are:

 

  • Never miss breakfast.

 

  • Have six small meals a day.

 

  • Leave out foods rich in fat.

 

  • Increase your intake of green leafy vegetables and fruits.

 

  • Have plenty of fish.

 

  • Minimize eating processed foods; instead have food rich in fiber.