What Is Metabolism?
Metabolism is the rate at which your body uses the calories in the food that you eat. There is a common misconception that thinner people must have faster metabolisms and obese people must have slower ones.
Food is the fuel for the engine that runs your body. When you give it the proper fuel, it will run like a well-oiled machine. When you give it too much of the wrong stuff, it can clog up the engine and slow down the machine. What most people want to know is how to speed up the metabolism.
It’s a matter of math. When you give the body too many calories it will store them as fat. How does this happen? Not enough calories are burned during daily activities.
There are two ways to handle this. One, you can consume less calories. Fewer calories means less excess to turn into fat in the body.
Two, you can burn more calories. This is accomplished by ramping up your daily activities. Include exercise at least three times a week.
Tips for Speeding Up Your Metabolism
The body burns calories to perform regular maintenance at the cellular level. This is one reason not to eat less than 1,000 calories a day. Any less and you are hampering the body’s efforts to keep you working at optimal levels.
Without enough fuel, the metabolism can come to a halt. It’s the starvation principle. The body, in an attempt to preserve itself, will hold onto fat stores when food is not available. It doesn’t know that it really isn’t starving and nothing will convince it of that fact except eating more food.
Eat several times a day. When we were young, we were taught to eat three square meals. To get the metabolism revved up, eating every 2 or 3 hours is essential. Constantly giving the body something to process stokes the fire.
Include protein in each meal. It helps reduce your cravings between meals. Protein is also the main component of muscle tissue. You need muscle because it burns more fat even at rest than other tissues.
Don’t skip breakfast. After a fast of about eight hours (you were sleeping), the body needs something to get the metabolism off and running. You could be setting yourself up for a sluggish metabolism all day if you don’t eat even a small bit of food within an hour of when you wake.