The Story Behind Metabolism
Each year, tens of millions of people attempt to retake control over their health and the shape of their body; and each year, tens of millions of people feel that they’ve failed because, try as they might, they just can’t speed up their metabolism.
Ensure That You Eat Enough
Fresh on the heels of the discussion on calories, it’s also helpful to note that eating frequently throughout the day can be very good for boosting Metabolism.
There are a couple of reasons for this.
The first reason is that people who tend to eat throughout the day eat considerably less snack.
As a result, they tend to avoid the potato chips or sweet-tempered chocolate bars that they might otherwise consume if they suddenly felt hungry.
People who eat throughout the day don’t tend to experience severe hunger spasms, because they don’t reach that stage.
The second reason and the one that you can probably guess based on your understanding of Metabolism is that by eating throughout the day, you are constantly keeping your Metabolism in motion.
It’s kind of like having a generator run all the time; it will simply use more electricity than if you powered it on 3 times a day.
Now, it goes without saying (but we should say it anyway just in case!) that just because it’s good for Metabolism boosting to eat frequently, this doesn’t mean that you can eat junk all day long!
Rather, if you choose to eat more frequently, then you’ll certainly need to be very aware of what you eat; because you can easily exceed your required amount of daily calories if you don’t keep an eye on this.
That’s why, if your plan is to follow the eat-more-to-burn-more approach, then you should keep a food journal that notes what you eat (and drink of course) throughout the day.
You should not merely know the calorie levels of what you eat, but you should know the overall nutritional values, too.
For example, if you’re on target to eat 50 grams of protein per day, then you want to make sure you reach this target and not exceed it (or come in below it).
In other words, merely focusing on calories is only half of the job.
You will need to ensure that you’re eating enough protein, carbohydrates, fats (the good unsaturated kind!), and the other vitamins and minerals that your body needs in order to function at optimal levels.
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And in terms of boosting your Metabolism, this is indeed the case! There are a couple of reasons why eating a hearty and healthy breakfast can boost Metabolism and lead to weight loss goals.
The first reason is that people who eat breakfast are much less inclined to snack throughout the morning. For example, if you had a good breakfast of fruit and low-sugar cereal in the morning, your chances of visiting the vending machine at work around 10:30 am diminish significantly.
Of course, as you recall from our previous discussion on eating more frequently, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat something between breakfast and lunch.
It simply means that, since you won’t be extremely hungry at 10:30 am (because you skipped breakfast), you’ll be less inclined to eat anything that you get your hands on; such as a nice doughnut that your co-worker was kind enough to offer you.
In other words, by starting your day in a nutritious way, you’ll have more control over what you eat throughout the day.
The second reason is more aligned with metabolism boosting. Studies have shown that Metabolism slows during sleep, and doesn’t typically get going again until you eat. Therefore, starting the day with breakfast is like kick-starting your Metabolism.
You’ll actually burn more calories throughout the day, simply by eating breakfast.
Remember, as you eat your breakfast, control both the portion and the contents. You don’t want to eat to the point of complete fullness; because remember, you want to eat throughout the day and you won’t be able to do that if you’re stuffed.
At the same time, beware of high-fat breakfasts. Studies have shown that high-fat breakfasts, such as those that include bacon and sausage, not only deliver lots of calories (there are 9 calories for every gram of fat, as compared to 4 for every gram of carbohydrates and proteins, respectively).
But they also can make you very hungry again, very soon! So in addition to having ingested a lot of fat (and hence a lot of calories), you’ll typically find yourself rather ravenous again in a few hours. So enjoy your breakfast and take care of what you eat.
Alternatively, breakfasts that are high in fibre take longer to digest, and thus, the body won’t be hungry again for a while.
This is something to bear in mind, and it may explain why many people who eat breakfast find themselves painfully hungry by lunchtime; it’s not their overactive Metabolism at work; it’s the high-fat content, which has been swiftly digested.
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