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Page 1 Afterburn fizzles fast: Burning calories is a good reason to work out, but don't waste time on activities that claim to speed up your metabolism The Gazette (Montreal) January 3, 2006 Tuesday 12 of 998 DOCUMENTS The Gazette (Montreal) January 3, 2006 Tuesday Final Edition Afterburn fizzles fast: Burning calories is a good reason to work out, but don't waste time on activities that claim to speed up your metabolism BYLINE: JILL BARKER, The Gazette SECTION: ARTS & LIFE; Fitness; Pg. D4 LENGTH: 815 words Among the glut of January articles offering suggestions on how to lose a few pounds, there are bound to be a few that recommend boosting your metabolism in order to burn more calories. Frequently recommended strategies include strength training to add muscle mass, which is reputed to increase the number of calories burned at rest (defined as your resting metabolic rate or RMR) and stepping up exercise intensity, which is supposed to elevate calorie burn for several hours or even days after your workout. Is there any truth to such claims? And if so, how much impact does a boost in metabolism have on the struggle to lose those extra inches? The claim that you increase calorie burning because of a bumped-up metabolism is overstated, says the American College of Sports Medicine. Sure, the scientific literature supports the theory that exercise can enhance both your resting metabolic rate and the number of calories you burn post- exercise, but to what extent and for how long isn't clear. And while increasing the number of calories you burn at rest sounds impressive, there's still no conclusive evidence that
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