One subject that tends to come up when individuals are dieting is metabolism. The body’s metabolism is necessary for the production of energy and the burning of calories, which is essential for weight loss. There are many types of weight loss plans that are designed to speed up an individual’s metabolism. The truth about metabolism is often misrepresented and skewed. This article will present the top three myths about metabolism and clear up any inconsistencies with facts.
1The Skinnier You Are the Higher Your Metabolism
Have you ever observed a skinny person that eats a lot? They never seem ever to gain weight. Many people attribute this to a higher metabolism. Metabolism does have something to do with an individual’s body type. But the idea with weight loss depends on a person’s resting metabolism. According to research people with thin or small body types have a slower resting metabolism, than those with larger or bigger body types. In other words, since larger people have more weight at rest, their bodies tend to burn more calories, than their counterparts with less weight.
Although weight does increase metabolism, it mostly depends on muscle and burning calories during the day. For example, if there are two people with similar body types, the individual with more muscle most of the time will have a faster metabolism. Incorporating some strength training in a weight loss program is paramount. Increased muscle mass will aid in accelerating weight loss much more rapidly than just dieting. Body composition does have an effect on metabolism.
2Missing a Meal Hurts Your Metabolism
A common perception in the weight-loss world is that you must continually eat 5 to 6 times a day to keep your metabolism burning. The more frequent a person eats has minimal effect on the efficiency of their metabolism. Eating more frequent has become popular for people trying to control cravings and hunger. The technique more so helps them with portions and choosing food rather than increasing their metabolism.
Most important for people trying to lose weight is the quality and quantity of the food eaten. Some people benefit from eating several meals during the day as a result of special dietary needs. Calorie intake whether it is spread out during the day or concentrated are still calories and has the same effect. Eating high-quality foods and the amount you eat them, will have a greater impact on your metabolism than how often you eat.
3Don’t Eat Late at Night
You probably have heard people say to make sure you eat your last meal before 7 pm. If you don’t, it will turn into fat. The truth of the matter is our bodies are influenced by hormones, the content and quality of the food we eat, and how we expend energy. Eating before a certain time isn’t the only factor in our bodies storing fat.
More energy and effort should be concentrated on the quantity we are eating and what we are eating. Eating a late-night meal is no different than eating any other time of the day, providing the meals are healthy. To give an example, you can fuel your car anytime of the day, as long as you are putting the right fuel in your vehicle. When you put Diesel fuel in a car that requires unleaded. You get the picture, right?
4Eciency of Your Metabolism Depends on You
Most people that are overweight love to blame the metabolism. In addition to body composition having an effect on how we burn calories, ultimate control belongs to you. An individual can ramp up their metabolism by building muscle strength training, eating the right foods, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough rest. Research has also shown that eating enough protein will increase calorie expenditure when the body is at rest. Good exercise along with modifications in diet will make the difference.