You need to understand how
metabolism works within your body in order to make sure you can increase it
properly to lose weight. Sometimes you actually can
decrease your metabolism if
you don't know what you are doing.
Your body is like a machine. Think about it that way to help you understand how things work a little better. If you were to try to save money on gas for your car by mixing water into the tank, the car wouldn't run well... if it ran at all, right? The same concepts apply to your body. Many people have been taught that the only way to lose weight is to reduce the amount of calories they eat each day. So they assume if they reduce the calories enough, they'll automatically lose weight. This isn't how it works though.
When you reduce your calorie intake too severely, you simply cause your body to not run well. Unlike your car or any other machine though, the body is quite smart. And it's determined to make sure you stay alive at all costs. So when you restrict your calories too severely, the body responds by going into something of a hibernation mode. It works to conserve as many of those calories it can, and it does this by reducing your metabolism. And when your body's metabolism is low of course, it won't be burning calories too fast, so it doesn't matter that you've drastically reduced the calories you eat because the body is now using much less than it was before.
You can force your body to use more calories though, just by being more
active and increase my metabolism. And this is why every single weight loss plan or diet pill out there says you'll see the best results if you combine exercise into your daily routine. What many people don't seem to realize though, is that by simply increasing their daily activities, they don't technically have to reduce their calorie intake. Reducing calories and increasing activity at the same time will of course help you lose weight faster though.
Another thing people don't realize is that it's theoretically possible to "eat your way slim". Because the foods you eat can increase or decrease your body's metabolism, you can choose to eat foods which are constantly making your body work harder at all hours of the day and night.
Eating every few hours for instance, will keep your body continuously working on digesting foods. If those foods also take more work to digest, then the body will be expending calories for hours if you give it the right foods. Proteins, fruits and raw vegetables for instance, take the most energy for your body to digest. Simple starches and sugars require little to no energy at all, so limiting those is usually best when you're trying to boost your metabolism and lose weight.
Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.