Do you have a high metabolism?

@Mommamea (1215)
United States
November 25, 2006 2:59pm CST
It seems as when I was younger I could eat anything and not gain weight. Now it seems to have gone with age. I am trying to take vitamins to help increase it. What do you suggest for increasing one metabolism or helping with weight gain?
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• United States
28 Nov 06
My metabolism sucks. I always had to work hard to not gain a thousand pounds...now that I am getting older it is much harder...my brother and some friends are those little skinny people that eat 24/7 and don't gain an ounce...makes me ill I tell ya! lol The only thing I can suggest is exercise...that is what I do to try to maintain...
• United States
22 Jan 07
Thanks for the response. I don't understand why some people never gain an ounce and eat so much. What do you find is the easiest in exercising that helps you keep the weight off?
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
sorry didn't realize my daughter was signed in.
@Serjas (2328)
• India
21 Jan 07
tips to increase metabolism! 1. Get active - it’s a sure-fire way to increase the amount of muscle you have, which in turn will speed up your metabolism. Do a mixture of aerobic and resistance training for best results. And don’t forget to be more active in your daily life too. 2. Eat little and often - there’s evidence that eating small, regular meals throughout the day, rather than one or two large meals, may help to keep your metabolism ticking over. Surprisingly, around 10 percent of the calories we use each day go on digesting and absorbing food - so the more times you eat, the greater this effect is likely to be. 3. Eat plenty of protein-rich foods - research shows that around 25 percent of calories in a protein-rich meal may be burnt off. But make sure you choose low-fat protein foods such as lean meat, skinless chicken and low-fat dairy products. 4. Spice up meals - it’s not an old wives tale after all! Spices like chilli are thought to raise metabolism by up to 50 percent for up to three hours after eating, due to increasing your heart rate. But before putting the local Indian takeaway on speed dial, work out which curries have the lowest calorie and fat content. 5. Swap you daily cuppa for green tea - there’s evidence that it contains antioxidants that speed up metabolism. 6. Try a CLA supplement - more extensive studies need to be carried out before any definite conclusions can be drawn, but research has shown that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) might increase muscle and therefore boost metabolism. 7. Chill out - research shows that being very cold can increase metabolism by up to 20 percent. 8. Have a sauna - being very hot is also thought to boost metabolism by about 20 percent (but check you don’t have any underlying medical problems that mean you shouldn’t go in saunas or steam rooms). Hope this article will help you build and speed up your metabolism
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Thank you so much. I appreciate all the information. Some of it I already do but some of it I have never heard of. Where did you get all this information? I don't know about the chill out part cause I am always cold. I don't have a sauna but wish I did. My family eats a lot of chicken cause my daughter does not eat red meat. She is a model and they told her to cut out the red meat to control weight. Thanks again I will have to try these out.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
22 Jan 07
If you don't already, start doing some strength training (weights). This strengthens and builds muscle, and larger muscles require more calories. This means you'll be burning more calories not just when doing weights, but throughout the day, even when you're at rest.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Thanks for the information. Unfortunately I can't do exercises with weights due to having fibromyalgia. I would be laid up for sure. I have a hard enough time with the exercises I am able to do now. I do work with stretch bands that I can manage. Are there others ways to get the same effect? I would appreciate the feed back.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Doing the bands should help some. Can you do some walking or biking (even exercise bike)? These aren't weight training, but the legs are the biggest muscle group, so if you can exercise them it will burn off calories. You don't need to do it all at once, either; if you can do a little bit of walking at different times during the day it helps. Walk to a nearby errand instead of taking the car; when driving to a store, park a little further away from the entrance and walk; etc. When I talk on the phone I use a cordless and walk around my apt. straightening up and taking dishes to the kitchen, etc. Every little bit of activity helps.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Thanks for the continuation of the advice. I do walk as much as possible. I go to the mall and window shop. I try to stretch my legs out and really use the muscles as much as I can. I do alot of leg lifts as well. I have 2 sets of stairs in my house so I try to walk them alot and instead of each step I will take 2 at a time.
• United States
21 Jan 07
My metabolism sucks. It is very low. I began using vitamins from Andrew Lessman. They have really helped me with my diet and all the ingredients are natural. If you like to learn more about it you can visit www.hsn.com and it's called Andrew Lessman Energy & Fat Metabolism item number: 125-218.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Thanks for the information. I will have to go and check the vitamins. I am always concerned about some of the items shows like HSN and QVC have. What other things like this do you order from them if any? How long did it take for the vitamins to start working for you? I know everyone is different. I will let you know how it works out.
@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
28 Nov 06
I think green tea helps. I saw a show that said it worked whether you took it in pill form or as a drink. Vitamin C can help you feel better, but I don't know if it'll help with losing weight. Eating healthy and exercise help with your metabolism too. I just quit buying all the junk food. If it's not here to eat, then I don't eat it! Walking is a quick, easy exercise. Hope this helps?
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Thanks for the information. I will have to see what information I can find out about the green tea. I have cut out the junk food in the home as well. I try to buy nutritional foods for the kids to eat. Fruits and things like that. What suggestions do you have for replacing the junk foods?
@juicemilk (2291)
• Australia
28 Nov 06
metabolism slows down as you age, I was the asme used to be able to eat most anything when I was younger, now I have to be more careful. Exercising in the morning and eating breakfast can help increase your metabolism, and I've read that having some lemon squeezed in with some warm water is good to get the metabolism kick started in the morning, but I haven't tried that yet
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I will have to try the lemon deal. I have not heard of that one. I didn't think of exercising in the morning to help with the increase. I do eat a good breakfast because all I read is about breakfast being the most important meal. I will let you know how it works out. Thanks
• United States
28 Nov 06
My metabolism is kind of medium i guess. I wish it was higher though! I have heard that your metabolism slows down when you get older, or at least it seems right when I look at my parents and there lives.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I don't understand why the metabolism slows down when I still do as much as I ever did if not more. I have 4 kids and now 2 grandsons so I am constantly on the move. Thanks for the advice.
• United States
28 Nov 06
Metabolism is regulated by your brain, as most of you is... Diet, exercise, vitamins all play a part. Eating small meals often kick starts your metabolism. Short spurts of exercise are just as effective if not moreso than long hours at the gym. I recently read that as women age Vitamin C plays a big part in avoiding weight gain or reducing weight. Eating according to your age helps too. As we get older our bodies digest and utilize food differently than it did when we were young.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Thanks for the advice. I will try the smaller meals and the exercise. I do try to eat good meals. I guess age is the only thing against me at this point. I will have to look into a better meal plan for my age. Do you have any suggestions where I can find out more about this?
@paule4129 (968)
• United States
22 Jan 07
not since i turned 40 but now i drink more juices high in citric and anti oxidents-tomato juice not from a concentrate is the best but watch out for those high in sugar or just add lots of water this has been workin well for me
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@dalejr38 (2421)
• United States
25 Nov 06
yes
• United States
22 Jan 07
yes to what? I didn't ask a yes or no question.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Sorry didn't realize my daughter was signed in.
@ezzrssi (11197)
• Italy
25 Nov 06
SO & SO
• United States
22 Jan 07
what exactly is this? Are you telling me about a vitamin or just wanted to increase your response number? Not quite understanding this.
@gknott (936)
• United States
28 Nov 06
I think mine is really really slow..what do you do about that
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I gues that is why I started this discussion. I am trying to increase my metabolism as well so check out the responses I get and see if you get any advice that works.
@precy828 (1295)
• Philippines
28 Nov 06
i don't have a high metabolism.i have poor metabolism actually.you should have to eat food that's not easy to burn i guess.also, drink multi vitamins to boost your appetite
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
not quite understanding what you are saying here.
• United States
28 Nov 06
Yes i do
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
You do what? Please reply to the question.
@italofbi (485)
• Brazil
28 Nov 06
yes because it i lean
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
22 Jan 07
What? Did you read the discussion. Evidently not.
@ashjoe76 (1434)
• India
26 Jan 07
Do a lot of exercises. Go for a power walk once a day. And you will be surprised to see how your weight gets reduced. And follow a very healthy diet, after discussing with your doctor.
@jatt187 (137)
• Canada
29 Nov 06
I hate my metabolism.
@mbs730 (2152)
• Canada
29 Nov 06
unfortunately no, I wish!
• United States
28 Nov 06
Yes i do
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
28 Nov 06
I have a slow metabolism but I exercise a lot.