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June 2004 Issue

The Bottom Line on Boosting Metabolism: Exercise Works Best

Q. Since reaching middle age, I’ve steadily gained weight. How can I boost my sluggish metabolism and keep from gaining even more weight? A. “The absolute best way for someone to change his or her total metabolic rate is by being more active,” says Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., professor of human nutrition, food and exercise at Virginia Tech.

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