Here is a harsh, cold smack in the face for you: There are no secret tricks to boost metabolism. Granted, we are talking about resting metabolism — the calories you burn when you’re not active. Getting active definitely revs things up temporarily, but thinking that all these other tricks you can employ are going to cause your body to burn a bunch of extra calories while you sleep or eat Cheetos or watch porn is a myth. In reality, the act of getting in shape and, specifically, losing weight will cause your resting metabolism to go down. If you go from overweight, doughnut-scarfing couch potato to lean-and-mean workout warrior, the number of calories you burn at rest is going to drop significantly. Yes, even if you packed on a bunch of muscle.
Let’s look at uncovering metabolism myths, at least the common ones :
- You need to eat 5-6 mini meals every day. One of the most prevalent metabolism myths is that you need to eat 5-6 mini meals every day at regularly timed intervals to ensure that your body does not go into starvation mode and start burning less calories. The truth is that it takes more than a week of severe calorie restriction for your body to enter starvation mode and skipping a meal to two isn’t going to have any impact on your metabolism. So instead of sticking rigidly to a plan of 5-6 mini meals each day, choose a number of meals that suits your lifestyle best.
- You should completely cut carbs from your diet. Another popular metabolism myth is that you should completely eliminate carbohydrates from your diet to maximise your metabolism. While it’s true that cutting our processed carbs and increasing your protein intake can give your metabolism a kick, cutting out all carbohydrates is not a good idea. Natural carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables not only provide your body with energy and numerous health boosting nutrients but they’re also rich in metabolism boosting fibre. So by all means cut out the processed carbs but make sure you’re still eating fruits and vegetables.
- The type of food you eat us all that matters. Many people believe that if they eat certain metabolism boosting foods, the calories will start to magically melt away. While its true that certain foods are more effective than others at boosting your metabolism these foods are not magic bullets and you still need to make sure that you’re keeping your total calorie consumption under control. So for the best results, increase your intake of metabolism boosting foods but don’t use these foods as an excuse to overindulge.
- Exercise alone can boost your metabolism. another prevalent metabolism myth is that you only need to exercise to maximise your metabolism. The truth is that a consistent exercise routine which includes both cardiovascular training and resistance training can give your metabolism a kick. However, if you don’t support your exercise routine with a quality diet, it’s not going to make any difference. So by all means fire up your metabolism with exercise but don’t forget about the importance of eating a natural, high quality, nutrient packed diet.
- You are born with a slow or fast metabolism. One final metabolism myth which lots of people believe is that you’re born with a slow or fast metabolism. While there are some slight natural discrepancies in metabolism from person to person, the difference is not nearly as signifiant as most people believe. So if you’re not happy with your current weight or the rate at which you’re burning calories, stop blaming your metabolism, start improving your diet and increase your exercise intensity.