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Afro
04-17-2007, 07:13 PM
What is good for your metabolism?

strife
04-17-2007, 07:53 PM
What is good for your metabolism?

A lot of it is hereditary but to boost it you can stay active (lifting, training whatever) and eat healthy. Eating less sugar, eating spicy hot foods, drinking green tea also boost metabolism. Drinking lots of water also does the trick, as well as getting enough sleep at nightt and always eating a good breakfast meal (it isn't the most important meal for nothing). Not sure if diet suppliments boost it, they may, but I'd stay away from those.

Metalhead
04-17-2007, 08:06 PM
To sum up all that. A healthy lifestyle.

Noob
04-17-2007, 09:59 PM
I hear crack does wonders. So I hear.


But yeah, most 'healthy' stuff is good for your metabolism. If you want to get really technicaly, you can concentrate on the glycemic index and make sure you're getting a good amount of carbohydrates that are quicker for your body to process. Stuff really low on the index tends to be slow your metabolism down somewhat. How much of an effect it has I couldn't tell you, but it might be worth a try.

Clint
04-17-2007, 10:07 PM
I hear crack does wonders. So I hear.


But yeah, most 'healthy' stuff is good for your metabolism. If you want to get really technicaly, you can concentrate on the glycemic index and make sure you're getting a good amount of carbohydrates that are quicker for your body to process. Stuff really low on the index tends to be slow your metabolism down somewhat. How much of an effect it has I couldn't tell you, but it might be worth a try.
I think you have it backwards. High GI stuff will spike your metabolism for a moment but then it will crash and the released insulin will cause fat storage. By eating low GI foods they absorb slower keeping a more level blood sugar which helps keep your metabolism going well.

The best way to increase your metabolism is eat right and gain more muscle. More muscle burns more energy.

Noob
04-17-2007, 10:12 PM
I think you have it backwards. High GI stuff will spike your metabolism for a moment but then it will crash and the released insulin will cause fat storage. By eating low GI foods they absorb slower keeping a more level blood sugar which helps keep your metabolism going well.

The best way to increase your metabolism is eat right and gain more muscle. More muscle burns more energy.

My bad, you're right. I was half paying attention and half watching something on youtube while I typed that. You're right, you want to shoot toward a stable insulin level throughout the day. That's also the rationale behind eating smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to fewer, larger meals.

Chromium picolinate is supposed to help keep your insulin levels steady throughout the day. It's a pretty common supplement, you can find at most health-food stores. Someone else will probably know more about it than I do.

Clint
04-17-2007, 10:36 PM
Chromium picolinate is supposed to help keep your insulin levels steady throughout the day. It's a pretty common supplement, you can find at most health-food stores. Someone else will probably know more about it than I do.

Yeah it is supposed to help and is dirty cheap. Actually cinnamon is supposed to help with blood sugar levels as well.

Highlander
04-18-2007, 12:27 AM
Walk for a half hour after a meal.

Rufio
04-18-2007, 03:33 AM
You could always use a fat loss supplement. Short of that, building muscle does wonders. From what I've read, each pound of muscle you put on burns an extra 1000 calories a month.

Also, make sure you eat every 3 hours. When you go too long without food, your body goes into "starvation" mode and will store fat. It sucks, but that's how our bodies are designed thanks to historical food shortages over thousands of years. Just make sure that you spread out your calories among your 6 meals. Try not to eat more than about 500 calories within 3 hours. Once you get around 900 calories in a 3 hour period, there's a risk it'll store as fat.

The one exception I believe is within an hour or so after you get done lifting. At that point, your body is starving for simple/high-glycemic carbs and protein. From what I've heard, it's nearly impossible to store anything you eat as fat at that time of day. So if you want to eat something with a bunch of calories, do it shortly after lifting.

Tick
04-26-2007, 10:36 PM
From what I've read, each pound of muscle you put on burns an extra 1000 calories a month.

Also, make sure you eat every 3 hours. When you go too long without food, your body goes into "starvation" mode and will store fat. It sucks, but that's how our bodies are designed thanks to historical food shortages over thousands of years. Just make sure that you spread out your calories among your 6 meals. Try not to eat more than about 500 calories within 3 hours. Once you get around 900 calories in a 3 hour period, there's a risk it'll store as fat.

The one exception I believe is within an hour or so after you get done lifting. At that point, your body is starving for simple/high-glycemic carbs and protein. From what I've heard, it's nearly impossible to store anything you eat as fat at that time of day. So if you want to eat something with a bunch of calories, do it shortly after lifting.

QFT

Eat more often, even if one of your 6 meals is a granola bar It is better to have something than to have nothing.

dagreat1
05-04-2007, 02:44 PM
I think you have it backwards. High GI stuff will spike your metabolism for a moment but then it will crash and the released insulin will cause fat storage. By eating low GI foods they absorb slower keeping a more level blood sugar which helps keep your metabolism going well.

The best way to increase your metabolism is eat right and gain more muscle. More muscle burns more energy.

You know health thoroughy, if I have any questions you are the first person I would ask on here.

lol at Noob giving bad advice and Herb Dean'ing an excuse about not paying attention to what he was typing because he was watching gay porn on youtube. You kill me man.

I am kidding though Noob (hard to relay sarcasm over the internet).

Legend
05-04-2007, 02:59 PM
^^^^ lol

adonis
05-04-2007, 03:11 PM
Coleus forskohlii - will boost thyroid output

Gugglesterones - Help boost natural thyroid output, as well as being anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, and exhibiting cholesterol lowering effects.

Green Tea - can raise metabolism by 2-4% for 1-4 hours.

Other adaptogenic herbs:
All the ginsengs strengthen your body and move energy -- what the Chinese call qi (chi), life force or vital substance. The ginsengs generally help stimulate both mental and physical activity, and especially help people respond to stress. Ginsengs work as excellent adaptogens, helping you adapt, or function, normally while you are coping with physical or emotional stress. The ginsengs have been well-documented to improve blood flow, work capacity, endurance, stamina, coordination, reflexes, regulate or normalize blood sugar levels and energy, and improve mental abilities.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis or glabra) helps regulate blood sugar. and energy levels and helps tonify your adrenals, kidneys, spleen, and stomach.

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) strengthens and rejuvenates your nervous system, strengthens your adrenals, improves mental functions, helps prevent fatigue, and helps you respond to stress. Contrary to common misconceptions, gotu kola does not contain any caffeine, nor is it related to African kola nut.

Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis) is an excellent Oriental energy tonic that is known as "five flavors berry," because it stimulates all five basic tastes within the body and, therefore, stimulates metabolic functions throughout your body. It is known to aid digestion and, consequently, improve energy levels. It is also known as an excellent tonic for your central nervous system, a good strengthener of your kidney/adrenals, and a good antioxidant (which helps you better respond to stress). It also strengthens your liver (and its functions relating to glycogen), improves nerve reflexes, and increases work and performance capacity and efficiency. Schizandra is both an excellent tonic and gentle stimulant, without overstimulating. Like North American ginseng, it can actually help some people sleep better at night.
Ho shou wu is a good strengthener of your kidneys and adrenals, thus helping you better respond to stress, and helping you sleep better at night.

Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) contains steroids, or adrenal-cortical-steroids, that strengthen your adrenal cortex and help you better respond to stress.

Tienchi ginseng (Panax notoginseng) is another excellent Oriental energy tonic for your organs and glands, especially your kidneys and adrenals.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) increases blood flow and oxygen to your brain, circulatory system, and other parts of your body. It is an excellent antioxidant that helps your body respond to stress, and is especially beneficial to people whose fatigue is related to decreased vascular capacity.