How can we improve our metabolic rate and get our bodies working more effectively? The key factor in increasing your metabolic rate is the amount of muscle you have. Muscle cells are loaded with mitochondria which is where calories are burned (where breakdown products such as fatty acid and glucose are oxidised).
Owing to this process the more muscle you have the more material you have to breakdown fat. Therefore if you are looking to lose weight and increase your metabolism the key thing to incorporate in your exercise regime is some weight lifting or resistance training.