By: Dr. Uche Odiatu, Feb 07, 2013

What can I do to raise my metabolism and lose weight, but not become too muscular for a girl?

Wondering how to lose weight and raise your metabolism? The answer is simple.

The answer to this is always surprising to people who receive it. First, let’s define metabolism. It is the total biochemical reactions to break apart the fats, protein, carbs and set free the energy they hold.

There are three metabolic processes. The largest that takes place is the 60 per cent of calories needed to keep you alive (maintain your lungs breathing, heart pumping, etc). Next is the 25 per cent of your calories used up to digest the food you eat. This is called the thermic effect of food. If you have ever noticed feeling hotter when you eat, you would have felt this metabolic influence. The remainder – 15 per cent – comes from physical activity.

Physical activity can be broken into two categories: N.E.A.T. (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) and Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. The latest research has demonstrated that people who lead active lives can burn more calories overall than people who sit at a desk and work out five days a week. How to increase your N.E.A.T.? The easiest way to lose weight is to get more active on the job (walk to people’s desks vs. texting them; use the stairs vs. the elevator; have a walking meeting vs. sitting in chairs). How to get active in your personal life? Stand or walk when you talk on the phone (30 minutes of standing uses 40 more calories than if you sat while you chatted on the phone).

What about getting too muscular? One thing you do not have to worry about is getting muscular overnight. Women have 10-20 times less testosterone than men and therefore cannot build muscle to the extent that men can. You can always do a maintenance program when you are in the exact shape you want to be.

Dr. Uche Odiatu, BA, DMD, is an NSCA and Can Fit Pro certified personal trainer and, along with his wife Kary Odiatu, a celebrated international speaker. Uche is also a lifelong athlete, a certified holistic lifestyle coach, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist. Uche and Kary are the authors of The Miracle of Health: Simple Solutions. Extraordinary Results. To learn more, visit