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The 7 Biggest Myths About Metabolism-Busted!

The Caffeine in Energy Drinks

The sugar in energy drinks revs up your belly fat. Caffeine may provide a bit of a boost to the metabolism, especially when ingested before exercise, but no amount of metabolic boost can burn off the empty calories that energy drinks supply.

If your goal is to burn calories two glasses of water will increase your metabolic rates by 30 percent.

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The 7 Biggest Myths About Metabolism-Busted!

The 7 Biggest Myths About Metabolism-Busted!

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Skipping Breakfast

Researchers say breakfast doesn't kickstart the metabolism and may not be the most important meal of the day. Different studies have found that skipping breakfast doesn’t lead to weight increase and have no impact on resting metabolism.

Start your day with lean protein, which burns twice as many calories during digestion as fat or carbs. But don't stress about squeezing it in before 9 am.

"Hot" Workouts

They won't really help you lose weight. Research suggests regularly sleeping in colder temperatures may be optimal for weight loss as they stimulate the production of brown fat, the "good" fat. Brown fat keeps us warm by burning through "bad" fat stores.

Turn down the heat at night. You'll trim your belly and your heating bills.

Tongue-Scorching Peppers

Hot sauce can boost your metabolism. But research suggests that more-palatable, mild peppers may have the same calorie-burning potential.

Pack your salads and stir-fry with sweet peppers-including bell peppers, pimentos, rellenos, and sweet banana peppers. They're just as effective as the hot stuff.

Small Meals Throughout the Day

You don't need to eat six meals per day to stroke your metabolic fire. Three squares can also keep you from growing round. Research comparing the two ways of eating found that belly fat, the kind that increases heart-disease risk, only increased in the high-meal frequency group.

Focus on overall calorie control and get plenty of fiber, protein, and micronutrients. What you eat is more important than when.

The Caffeine in Energy Drinks

The sugar in energy drinks revs up your belly fat. Caffeine may provide a bit of a boost to the metabolism, especially when ingested before exercise, but no amount of metabolic boost can burn off the empty calories that energy drinks supply.

If your goal is to burn calories two glasses of water will increase your metabolic rates by 30 percent.

Eating Carbs At Night

Research found that eating carbs at night increases satiety and the calories burned digesting food on the next day, which may lead to weight loss. Moreover, eating carbs during the day increases blood sugar levels.

Enjoy a pasta dinner-cold. Not only will the carbs set you up for tomorrow's fat burn, but chilling pasta before you eat it changes the nature of the carbs to resistant starch-a type of carbohydrate that's harder to store as fat. 

Building Muscle

Skeletal muscle has a very low metabolic rate when at rest, at just 6 calories per pound. That's three times as much as fat, so building muscle definitely helps your daily fat-burn. But you might be better off building your brainpower: a pound of brain actually burns 109 calories a day.

Exercise, and don't sweat the big muscles if you don't want to. Any exercise will do. 

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Drink More Cold Water

Drinking water may speed up your metabolism for about an hour. This calorie-burning effect may be even greater if you drink cold water, as your body uses energy to heat it.

Drinking water can also help you fill up and help you eat less, especially if you drink it half an hour before you eat.

Do a High-Intensity Workout

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves short, intense bursts of activity and help you burn more fat by increasing your metabolic rate.

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There are 3 main ways:

  • the basal metabolism, the energy used for your body's basic functioning while at rest
  • the energy used to break down food (also known as the thermic effect of food)
  • the energy used in physical activity.

Most of the energy you burn is from your resting metabolism.

Metabolism variations

Metabolism can vary a lot between people, and researchers don't understand why.

2 people with the same size and body composition can have different metabolic rates. One can consume a huge meal and gain no weight, while the other has to carefully count calories to not gain weight.

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Supplements and Metabolism

Myth: Supplements can speed up your metabolism.

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Skinnier People

Myth: Skinnier people have faster metabolisms.

It’s more about body composition than body size when it comes to metabolism. Metabolism depends on the composition of protein mass you have—muscle is more metabolically active, meaning the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn when you’re resting. This is why lifting weights is one of the best ways to speed up your metabolism, it adds muscles. 

Metabolism and Genetics

Myth: Metabolism is genetic, can't be changed.

Your genes do influence your metabolism, but, unusual genetic conditions aside, lifestyle habits affect it more. The amount of exercise you get and the choices you make when you feed yourself are more important factors.

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Eating Small Meals And High Metabolism

The rationale behind this myth is the fact that when you eat, your energy expenditure goes up during digestion. 

The problem with this myth is that the amount of extra calories you burn during digestion is directly correlated with the calories you consume. That means eating ten 200 Calorie meals increase the metabolism at the same rate as eating two 1,000 Calorie meals.

Diet Sodas And Weight Gain

Although there are many potential health effects of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners, weight gain is not one of them. Your body can’t store fat out of nothing.

For some people, consuming certain beverages may trigger a craving for another food. If you know when you drink diet soda, you are going to crave some other food, avoid it.   

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Metabolism

It is the internal process by which your body expends energy and burns calories. It runs 24/7 to keep your body functioning by converting the food and nutrients you consume into energy.

Age And Metabolism

Age affects metabolism, making it slow over the years, even if you start out with a fast metabolism. Differences in metabolism speed are evident in how easy or hard it is for people to gain or lose weight.

A slow metabolism burns fewer calories, thus storing more fat; that's why some people have difficulty losing weight by just cutting calories. A fast metabolism burns calories at a quicker rate, which explains why some people can eat a lot and not gain extra pounds.

Tips For Increasing Metabolism
  • Add high-intensity interval training to your regular routine
  • Eat proteins as they have a high thermic effect and take longer to be burned and absorbed by the body. Your metabolism increases when you eat and process food, a process called 'the thermic effect of food.'
  • Do weight training. It increases muscle mass thus boosting metabolism.
  • Drink green tea. Studies show it contains compounds that increase the calories and fat you burn. 
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  • Physical activity accounts for 10 - 30 % of most people’s caloric consumption .
Controlling Your Own Weight

Not everyone overeats and becomes overweight, and not everyone who becomes overweight or obese develops illnesses like diabetes or heart disease. 

There was never a special diet, exercise regimen, or supplement that worked universally to control weight. Through trial and error, we have to discover habits and routines we can stick with that help us eat less and move more. 

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  • Once ketogenesis starts, the ketone levels rise.
  • The body burns fat instead of the usual glucose.

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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet
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  • Keto naturally lowers blood sugar levels due to the type of foods you eat.
  • Mental Focus: Ketones are a great source of fuel for the brain.
  • Increased Energy & Normalized Hunger: Fats are shown to be the most effective molecule to burn as fuel.
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  • Cholesterol & Blood Pressure: shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildup.
  • Insulin Resistance.
  • Improvements in your skin health.
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  • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
  • Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
  • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers – potato, yams, etc.

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Carbohydrates make you gain weight

Research reveals that people gain weight because of excess calorie intake and lack of exercise, not because of the proportion of dietary fat or carbohydrates.

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 Your eating has to be in check. About 80% of what you look like is based on diet.

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Toning muscles

Your muscles are already toned or you wouldn’t be able to move around. They’re just not visible because of the layer of fat covering them.

Different exercises for men and women

Both sexes have the same body structure but different hormonal make-ups which may mean a difference in muscle strength but does not mean they should work out any differently. 

“Men tend to focus on abs, chest and arms, and women tend to focus on gluts and legs,” Maik Wiedenbach notes. “They’re each forgetting one half of their bodies.”

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