Health and fitness: Metabolism is a big key to weight loss

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By Kent Pegg

One of the key factors to weight loss and weight management is your metabolism. If you want to lose weight and keep the weight off, one of the most important things to do is rev up your metabolism.

Metabolism is a term that refers to how your body transforms the calories in the food you eat into energy. The food is broken down into sugars and amino acids that the body then has available for use as energy. The energy is then either used or it is stored as muscle or fat.

One very important key to keeping your metabolism high is to have a large amount of lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass burns calories all day long, whether we’re active or resting.

A person who has more muscle mass will have a faster metabolism and burn more calories than a person who has less muscle mass.

The best way to build lean muscle mass is to weight train. Focus on a balanced program that effectively works all muscle groups.

If you’re new to weightlifting, get some advice from a professional and then get going. Start with simple exercises and light weights, then increase the weights as your strength increases. Start by performing two to three sets of 12 repetitions for each exercise.

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