Metabolism

metabolic-rate-slim4funIf you’re serious about losing weight then you need to know the role your body’s metabolism plays.  Your metabolic rate, or quite simply your metabolism, is the rate at which your body turns what you eat and drink into energy.

You probably have a friend that by all standards has a terrible diet, doesn’t exercise, and yet is remarkably skinny! How does he do it? The answer is he has a high metabolism. Unfortunately, everyone is born with a different metabolism and for some it’s fast, for others it’s slow and for others just plain average.

Throughout our lives, our metabolism changes, and as the years go by our metabolism falls, it starts as early as the age of 25 and from there our metabolism drops 2-4% each year. But that is only half the story.

We can prevent our metabolism from falling by engaging in anaerobic activity ie weight training or high-intensity interval training. Furthermore, there are foods we can eat that have been known to boost our metabolism (from day to day that is, not long term).

Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (fish, flaxseed oil, walnuts etc.) and high in antioxidants like green tea have been shown to boost metabolism.   And then there are other tricks. Eating small, frequent meals instead of a few big ones raises your metabolism. Working out in the morning raises your metabolism for the day (until you sleep) allowing you to turn that food into energy at a faster rate.