Sorry if this has been posted already...
I read this article on the front page of Yahoo.com and it really made me wonder. This is supposed to be an "authority" on health and this is what she is spewing to the masses. No one wonder people are getting fatter.
Here is the link:http://health.yahoo.com/experts/joybauernutrition/16888/five-ways-to-rev-your-metabolism;ylt=AjcVdQwrN0H0Yi7rs34bHYa788F
I wrote something back in response. Tell me what you think about it.. do you think it will benefit anyone?
I'll say that I agree in part with your first two points. Everyone needs to be doing exercise--cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise (weights). But they need to be reversed. You should try to be doing weight training four times a week and cardiovascular training two to three times a week. Overall, training for one hour with weights will burn more calories than steady state cardio. Not only are you burning the calories while in the gym, but your body has to repair the damaged muscles which keeps your body burning for up to another 24 hours. Because your body is repairing the damaged muscle, it also keeps the metabolism raised for much longer. Muscle, like the author pointed out, is also more metabolically active than fat. The more muscle you have, the more calories are automatically burned. So, in conclusion, lift weights more than you do steady state cardio. (And no ladies, you won't get gigantic lifting weights
To touch on the next point about eating at least 1000 calories a day... Unless you're a 50 pound 8 year old, that isn't NEARLY enough. I weigh 200 pounds and I weight train roughly 4 times a week. I need at least 3500 calories a day to maintain. Now obviously a 135 girl will need much less and depending on your weight, your activity each day, and your natural metabolism you would need to cater. But the same 135 pound girl should still be taking in around 2500 calories a day broken up into 6 small meals taken in every 2-3 hours. This leads me to my next point. I believe eating every 4-5 hours is waiting too long. Research shows that your metabolism starts to level off again after about 3 hours. This is why I think you should be eating every two to three hours. Not only will you keep your metabolism up longer, you will feel full longer too! I just don't see why you would wait longer if you didn't have to. You will burn more calories eating every 2-3 hours than every 4-5.
And lastly... Research strongly shows that eating at least one gram of protein per pound of body weight is the way to go. Doing so encourages a positive nitrogen balance which in turn will help you build more muscle at a faster rate. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn. Protein is also the most "active" of the macronutrients. It shows little to no propensity for being stored as fat. You would seriously have to overeat on protein for it to be stored as fat. Take what I call real world science into perspective also. Look at the best bodies in the industry i.e. the fitness models, bodybuilders, sprinters, etc... 99% are eating at least one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. If you don't belive the science, just take a look at these guys and do what they do. I write this to help all of you out there that might read this article. It's hard in all of our hectic lives to be "health concious," so if these tips help out anyone at all, then I feel that this post was worth it. If any of you have any other questions I would be more than happy to help you out. Cheers!