Will boosting your metabolism help you lose weight?

Posted: 3:24 PM EDT Sep 24, 2013   Updated: 4:26 PM EDT Oct 08, 2013
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

Trying to boost your metabolism probably won't lead to weight loss, at least not to the degree that changing your diet and lifestyle habits will. For example, caffeine has been shown to very slightly increase metabolism, but it doesn't appear to have a significant effect on long-term weight loss.

How much you weigh really depends on the number of calories you eat and how much physical activity you get.

Only rarely is excessive weight gain caused by a medical problem that slows metabolism, such as Cushing's syndrome or an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).

To lose weight, focus on the factors you have control over. These can help you manage your weight and possibly improve your metabolism.

If you're concerned about your weight or you think your metabolism is too slow, talk with your doctor. Your doctor can check for medical causes and help you adopt healthy lifestyle changes to help your weight loss.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/metabolism/AN01772/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=housecall&pubDate=09/11/2013