If you've ever tried to lose weight, you've probably spent some time thinking about your metabolism, specifically, wondering if it's too slow and if there's anything you can do about it. In fact, a lot of us do something that can actually slow the metabolism down: Go on a diet. Diet without exercise is just one way to make your metabolism unhappy. Another? Skipping meals or avoiding breakfast.
The nice thing about your BMR is that it isn't the only player in the game. In fact, it's just one part of your total energy expenditure (TEE), the others being exercise and physical activity as well as the thermic effect of food.
You can actually manipulate some of these components to raise your metabolism and increase your TEE and you probably won't be terribly surprised by what these components are: Doing regular cardio, lifting weights and avoiding overly restrictive diets.
You can learn more in my latest article, brilliantly titled How to Rev Up Your Metabolism and be sure to leave a comment about your experiences. Have you struggled with a sluggish metabolism? Has exercised helped?