survive and function. It powers everything from breathing to blinking. A fast metabolism is like a hot furnace that burns through fuel which are our calories quickly. A slow metabolism needs less fuel to keep a body running. It's tempting to throw up our hands and blame weight issues on a slow metabolism, but there are ways to support metabolism and maintain a healthy weight.
A diet of green tea and chili peppers will boost metabolism.
No magic food will speed up metabolism. Some studies have shown that green tea and hot chilies temporarily boost metabolic rates, but the lift isn't enough to offset eating too many calories. The path to healthy weight loss is through portion control and a balanced diet filled with nutrient-rich foods, not through a diet doused in chili peppers.
Our metabolic rates can't change.
While it's true that genetics help determine our metabolic rates, we can boost metabolism by increasing lean muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories per hour than fat, which means that people with lean, muscular bodies need more calories to function than people with a higher percentage of body fat. Our muscle mass decreases as we age, which slows metabolic rates by 2 to 8 percent per decade. But you can counteract this process by picking up the weights.
Eating late at night slows metabolism.
It's the extra calories – not when you eat them – that causes weight gain. There is little evidence to support the fact that eating after 8 p.m. causes weight gain. However, you may be more likely to snack mindlessly in the evenings while watching television. Calories in these snacks add up, and that can cause weight gain.
Very low calorie diets and skipping meals can jumpstart weight loss.
I have identiﬁed six simple strategies that can stoke your calorie-burning ﬁre. Give them a try and end the metabolic blame game once and for all.
* Hit the weight room * Don't party too hard *Ditch crash dieting
* Cut back on sugar * Get more zzz's * Squelch stress