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Metabolism: that magical word that is so often accompanied with conversations about weight loss. In simple terms, metabolism is the sum of everything your body does. The faster your metabolism runs, the more calories you burn. The more you burn, the easier it is to lose weight. While some folks think they are doomed to living with the extra weight, there ARE things you can do to speed up your metabolism and increase your fat burning potential.

  1. EAT BREAKFAST. I put that in all caps for a reason. So often, I meet people who say they only eat once per day and if they do eat something for breakfast, it’s a quick snack. Not only does skipping breakfast limit your energy, it slows your metabolism. Think of it this way, when your car is low on gas, it is best to drive slowly to preserve the fuel you have right? Your body is similar because your energy is limited and metabolism can’t move as fast with no food. Remember, when you wake up, your body has spent hours in a fasted state while you were sleeping. Eating a hearty breakfast gives your body a “wake up” signal and starts your metabolism for the day.

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