Remember taking “Metabolism 101” in school? Nope, me neither. It’s a word every one of us knows, but it’s one of the least understood health concepts out there. And very few people really dive in to figure out how it works and what they can do to improve their own metabolism.
Metabolism is an essential process that helps to maintain the body’s overall health. Sadly, there are numerous myths and misconceptions concerning metabolism that can make it challenging to fully understand how it works.
So today our goal is to at least myth-bust the top five myths about metabolism in order to understand it better.
De-bunking The Top Five Myths About Metabolism
Myth 1: Metabolism Only Works During The Day
Not true! Recent research indicates that, contrary to popular belief, your metabolism only works slightly less hard during the night! And it makes sense. While you are sleeping, countless health processes are happening that can only be done while you sleep.
So if you think you can cheat at lunch time with a burger and fries, while being more careful about what you eat for dinner and before bed will keep your metabolism down, that isn’t true. You have to eat well all day!
Myth 2: Your Metabolism Is Out Of Your Control
Because some people’s metabolisms seem so much better, it might make you think there’s nothing you can do about yours. Instead of getting angry at that skinny person who can eat whatever they want and stay thin, work on your own metabolism. You CAN improve it! Here are some known metabolism boosters:
- Lifting weights.
- Getting at least 7–8 hours of sleep.
- Eating enough protein. Very few people do. Keep track of your protein, fat, and carb intake just for 3 days every now and then using an app like My Fitness Pal, and you will be surprised at the numbers. In almost every case, people find they get too many carbs, not enough protein, too many unhealthy fats, and not enough healthy ones.
- Drink plenty of water.
Myth 3: Skinny People Have Higher Metabolism
Au contraire! As a matter of fact, larger people sometimes have a faster metabolism because there is more to metabolize! So don’t assume that if you have a few pounds to lose that your metabolism is sluggish. If you can shed those pounds, you will probably find that your metabolism is just fine.
One key is the type of weight people have. Focus on increasing muscle through resistance training. Increased muscle equals a better metabolism.
Myth 4: Your Metabolism Plummets As You Age
The fact is, the metabolism doesn’t drop as much as people think it does. And it’s not so much due to age as due to muscle loss, as people often don’t do resistance training into their later years. This is a mistake! Especially for women, who increase their chance of osteoporosis as they lose muscle.
Want to curb your body’s age-related drop in metabolism? Include resistance training in your exercise routine. As you age, keep up the weight training, and you’ll keep your metabolism strong and steady throughout all stages of life. In the event it does drop a little, you’ll be in such good shape you won’t notice.
Myth 5: You Can Eat Your Way To Higher Metabolism
Sometimes you will hear of some sort of “mega-metabolism-boosting” trick like eating more peppers or other foods or supplements that will boost your metabolism. Usually, metabolism-boosting foods only provide that boost for a short time after you eat them.