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Promote metabolism and lose weight successfully
If you want to lose weight, it is sometimes bewitched: despite healthy eating and regular training, the pounds just don't want to disappear. The cause of this could be a "bad" metabolism. However, according to experts, a well-functioning metabolism ensures weight loss.
Help you lose weight
Sure: If you want to reduce your weight, you have to exercise regularly. However, exercise alone does not help against obesity. Although he burns calories and dispels the constant hunger, the nutrition is more important. Some people try to get rid of extra pounds with the help of various diet programs. Tricks such as small plates can help to lose weight. But often belly fat simply does not want to and does not want to disappear. The cause of this could be a "bad" metabolism.
Metabolism works well
However, according to experts, a well-functioning metabolism ensures weight loss. The metabolism - also called metabolism - determines how the substances from food are converted and processed in the body.
How well it works is genetically determined, among other things, but is also influenced by your own lifestyle.
Every cell has its own metabolism
As Prof. Matthias Weber, spokesman for the German Society for Endocrinology (DGE) explains, every cell in the body has its own metabolism.
While substances are transported to cells in the body, recycled and then removed, a number of biochemical processes take place in the body.
Prof. Ingo Froböse from the German Sport University Cologne adds: "All the individual processes have to work together."
Boost energy metabolism through movement
According to experts, energy metabolism can be boosted. The less the metabolism is challenged, the less it works.
"It's a bit like a car - it is always only in the garage and is not driven, then it will rust at some point," explains Froböse. The most important thing is exercise, because the muscles are the largest metabolic organ.
According to experts, Nordic walking or swimming are among the options here. Aqua fitness is also ideal because the body increases its metabolism in the water in order not to cool down.
Good feed users have a good basal metabolism
But there are also some things that are not good for the metabolism. In addition to lack of exercise, radical diets should be mentioned here. Because these bring the metabolism to a standstill in the long run, because they put the body in a kind of emergency, in which the metabolism shuts down.
According to Froböse, the basal metabolism should normally be around 1,600 to 2,500 kilocalories. People who always eat well and still stay slim and fit may just have a good metabolic rate.
The good feed utilizers eat a balanced diet, do not let the body go hungry and give their metabolism a job - for example by walking up stairs in everyday life or regular training.
As explained in the dpa report, you can have your own basal metabolism measured with a breath gas analysis at some fitness institutes or sports doctors.
Fats and carbohydrates in the morning and protein in the evening
The metabolism can also be influenced by diet. It is important that you eat regularly - the times of day are also important.
In this way, you can get plenty of energy in the morning from fats and carbohydrates, take in nutrients at lunchtime and protein in the evening. The body no longer needs energy in the evening - just before sleep.
Froböse also recommends giving your metabolism breaks between meals. "It is important not to eat for four to five hours," says the sports scientist.
According to Silke Restemeyer of the German Nutrition Society, it depends on the individual how their own body reacts to it. The energy balance is crucial.
Drink plenty of water
It is often advised to drink a lot to stimulate the metabolism, but it is not scientifically proven that it stimulates the metabolism or has a major influence on body weight, according to the dpa report.
As Silke Restemeyer explains in the agency announcement, it is still a well-known trick of those who want to lose weight to drink water before eating or in between: "Because the liquid fills the stomach and the feeling of satiety tends to occur."
And an adequate hydration is of great importance for health anyway. This helps to detoxify the body and strengthen the immune system.
When it comes to how much water we should drink, it is usually recommended to drink at least two liters a day. Significantly more on hot days. In addition to water, you can also use unsweetened teas. (ad)