How do I boost my metabolism and burn more calories?

Exercise is the best way to increase your resting metabolic rate. Specifically strength training. Strength training will increase your muscle mass. Increasing your muscle mass will increase the amount of calories you burn while you are resting. Imagine putting in three days a week at the gym, pumping iron, and over time, notice that you are burning more calories while you are watching T.V.! If you add an aerobic component to your exercise plan, you can increase the amount of calories you burn and increase the success of your weight loss program.

While these above examples of exercise and weight loss are scientifically valid, we can’t leave out the most important part of the picture. Namely, a personal nutritional plan. Having a personal nutritional plan designed specifically for you, can help you avoid the “guessing” game that occurs with nutrition, and greatly increase your chance of weight loss success! Imagine having a nutritionist specifically design a nutritional plan based on your likes, dislikes, health and diet history, medications, current state of health, height, weight, age, and sex, and that’s just to name a few. The result is a tailored plan, incorporating the best macronutrient percentage (amounts of protein, carbohydrate and fat) for your body type, within a set calorie structure. And the best part is that all of the “counting” is done for you. You will never have to count calories, or try to figure out percents of food groups. All of this work is done, and easy instructions show you how to reach your goals. Add the aforementioned exercise program to such a diet plan, and you are on the right road to a slimmer, trimmer you!

Good Luck!

Robert L. Pastore, Ph.D., CNC, CN
Senior Nutritionist at

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  • Jessica

    I have a question i have been searching the web to find out about how many calories i need to lose weight and mostly everywhere i go says that i need abot 1200 calorie diet. I weight 190lb i am 5″1 height and i’m 25 years old. now i do the 1200 calorie diet and i drink my 8 glasses of water a day(i promise) and i do my exercise. my metabolism is slow too. Is it possible that by doing this i can lose about 50-60 lbs in 5 months???

  • Dr. G. Pepper


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  • Leslie

    How would I go about getting my own nutritional plan? Where do I go?

  • Brian RD

    Hi Leslie,

    The best way to get a personalized nutrition plan is to join our private forum access.

    For only $15 a month, you get a personalized nutrition plan as well as the chance to directly ask health and nutrition questions to Dr. Pepper and myself.

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  • Hi, I am 43 years old. I joined a gym about a year ago. I hired a personal trainer about 8 months ago. Every body part is toned on me except for my stomach. I weigh about 125 and I have like 3 rolls. What do I do? Lisa

  • Melissa

    I’ve been obese for most of my life…however at the age of 17 I started smoking casually which later turned into a full time addiction…between 18 and 19 I was partying all the time, smoking two packs a day, rollerblading like crazy, running the streets at night with friends, and dropped 80lbs by barely eating anything but drinking lots of mt. dew and alcohol. By 21 the weight started to come back on… I quit smoking at 23 and my metabolism slowed wayyyyy down. Recently I had a glucose/thyroid test done. Everything is in the normal range. Although my thyroid is on the low side of the “normal” range. I know the thyroid regulates the metabolism. I’m currently 266 lbs and a full time teacher. I’m getting married in 10 months and want to drop weight fast. Is there a weightloss drug out there that can increase metabolism without giving me the jitters. I’ve decreased portion sizes already and in a few weeks I’ll be getting a treadmill for the house. Please help a blushing bride to be.

    • PurpleDiamond

      Tell your doctor “normal” thyroid may not be “normal” for you. Tell him or her to TRY giving you a prescription for Armour start with one grain. My doc wouldn’t listen to me & I found help threw one of the thyroid groups on yahoo. I am now shedding about 2 pounds a week, don’t say lose cause you can find something you lost very often…lol. stop the thyroid madness . com is a good site for help.

  • Melissa

    BTW… I’m 32 now. In case that makes a difference.

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  • Great read. It’s also very important to have enough protein in your diet to maintain your muscle mass and keep your metabolism into high gear. Thanks for this post!

  • james

    It is the most important meal of the day and should be consumed within an hour of waking. Your body needs to replenish the nutrients it used while sleeping. If you skip breakfast, your body will think it is starving, reduce your metabolism and fall into its starvation mode.