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Experts Reveal How Sleeping Can Speed Up Your Metabolism

If you're looking to improve your metabolism then there are a number of ways it can be done, including making sure you get plenty of sleep.

When it comes to losing weight, dieting, and exercise, there's one word that is always thrown around despite many not knowing what it actually means, metabolism. Those with good muscle mass and who seemingly have to do very little to keep the weight off are cited as having a good metabolism, but what does that actually mean? Plus, why does it differ from person to person?

The simplest definition of your metabolism is to look at it as the total amount of calories you burn each day. What might shock you is that doesn't necessarily mean who is spending the most time on the treadmill, as outlined by Men's Health. In fact, exercise only accounts for around 10% of your metabolism. A massive 70% is dictated by your basal metabolic rate (BMR) or put simply just keeping your body running, and 20% on things like walking and fidgeting.

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Metabolism is also something that people seem to think is ingrained in them. You might give up on a diet because you think you have a bad metabolism so what's the point? That's where you're wrong, it's something that can be changed. First of all, protein. It's good for building muscle but also good for your metabolism. In fact, it takes three times as much energy to burn off protein than it does fat and carbohydrates so that BMR is working three times as hard.

Don't go trying to eat as little as you can, though. That can actually slow down your metabolism as your body tries to store resources. It is also extremely important to be well-rested. If you've got your exercise regime and diet down yet you still aren't seeing results, double check how much sleep you're getting. If it's not the recommended eight hours then maybe it's time to make some changes.

None of the above should be used as an excuse to change up your lifestyle drastically. Yes, sleeping more and eating more protein should increase your metabolism but don't take those things to the extreme. You still need those carbs and fats for a balanced diet, and don't quit your job just so you can get enough sleep to increase your metabolism. As with everything when it comes to food, dieting, and exercise, it's all about finding the right balance.

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