Most people haven’t heard that increasing your heart rate can help you lose weight because it is good for your heart and metabolism. On average, a substantial amount of the weight we put on is due to metabolic changes that do not go unnoticed and which can significantly impact your heart and blood sugar for years to come.
A 1995 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reviewed over 3,000 subjects and found that the elderly people who increased their heart rate by 100 beats per minute for 20 minutes were 65 percent less likely to be obese or pre-diabetic as compared to those who did not increase their heart rate. The same study found that in overweight people, those who increased their heart rate by 200 beats per minute were 64 percent less likely to be obese or pre-diabetic than those who did not increase their heart rate.
For anyone trying to lose weight, increasing your heart rate 20-50 beats per minute every 45 minutes has been shown to help. While nothing is guaranteed, consistently increasing your heart rate to that level can help you lose more weight.