Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Metabolism Myths and Facts

If you have been on social websites, you may have seen some tips on improving your metabolism. Some of these are true, others, not so much. A popular suggestion is that consuming certain foods and drinks, like green tea, can help boost your metabolism. As nice as it would be to just drink a cup of green tea to improve your metabolism, this tip is not true. There is no “magic” food to help you boost your metabolism. Another myth is that eating late at night slows metabolism. It’s not that eating late at night changes your metabolism, it’s the extra calories you are consuming. Late night snacking also leads to mindless eating, where the calories could really add up. Some people say that very low calorie diets and skipping meals can also help a person lose weight, but in reality this freezes your metabolism. Low calorie diets makes your body think that it needs to preserve the calories you do consume, so the body uses less calories, when you want it to use more.  When finding out that some of these tips are false, it may seem like there is no way to speed up your metabolism, but there is! Building muscle will help speed up metabolism because muscle uses more calories per hour than fat does. Lifting those weights will lift your metabolism! 

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