What Is Your Metabolism—And Can You Actually Make It Faster?
Exercise only accounts for 10% of speeding up your metabolism rate. Mind blown? Effortlessly thin people, for example, are often said to be are born blessed with “fast metabolisms”, and that the key to “boost your metabolism” is weight loss …right?
First things first: What exactly is your metabolism?
Basically, your metabolism is all the energy (a.k.a. calories) that you burn every day.
If you believe burning calories only happens when you exercise, your wrong. In fact, you burn calories every minute as your body keeps you alive.
When someone says, ‘I have a high metabolism’ or ‘I have a slow metabolism,’ they’re usually referring to their pace or ability to lose weight or maintain a normal weight.
All of your body’s processes, voluntary or not, contribute to your metabolism—that includes everything from digesting food, to breathing, to punching out a text message on your phone.
How to make your metabolism work more efficiently
So, yes, you can “boost” your metabolism, but it’s going to take lots of hard work, starting with your diet.
Getting adequate protein and fiber can definitely help increase your metabolism rate.
Another thing to keep in mind: Don’t let your body go into starvation mode because eating too little can actually slow down your metabolism rate.
You can turn things around by simply amping up your daily intake by about 100 calories each week, until you’re within a healthy calorie range for your body.
The other effective way to maximize your metabolism? Exercise.
Experts believe that high-intensity interval training is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise as it burns more calories in half the time as steady-state cardio, and your calorie burn may remain elevated for up to 24 hours after exercise—as many as 200 to 300 calories on average.
Remember to not overdo it.
Taking enough recovery time between workouts, and getting adequate sleep, are key as it gives your muscles a chance to rebuild and your hormones a chance to return to their normal state.
The bottom line:
There’s not a quick-fix way to boost your metabolism. Making small changes to your daily habits to help increase the amount of calories you burn each day and will help you boost your metabolism.