METABOLISM: 5 Facts To Get You in Top Form

Updated: Mar 27

There are two processes involved in metabolism that contribute to your weight on the scale. Catabolism is the process that breaks down the food you eat to release energy, which fuels your body so you can move. Anabolism allows your body to maintain cells and create new ones by the building of complex compounds and requires energy to do its job. So, your weight on the scale is the result of your catabolism minus your anabolism.


A JUICE DETOX WILL JUMPSTART YOUR METABOLISM


Probably not. In fact, juicing for a week or two can actually slow down your metabolism. When you lose weight quickly, your body is breaking down its muscle mass. Muscle mass burns calories throughout the day, so if you're losing muscle mass, your metabolism will likely be slower than when you started because you have less muscle mass working for you.


SIP GREEN TEA TO BOOST METABOLISM


It's no secret that a cup of coffee can boost metabolism but its cousin green tea is the real winner. Antioxidants called catechins are to thank for the extra boost. A 2011 meta-analysis in Obesity Reviews found that consuming about three cups of green tea kicked up metabolism enough to burn an average of 100 extra calories a day.


YOU SHOULD GRAZE LIKE A COW ALL DAY


Grazing all day, as in eating six small meals a day may be a good fit for your lifestyle but don't count on it for kicking up your metabolism if that's the reason you're doing it. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Obesity found there's no difference in metabolism when comparing those who consumed six smaller meals with those who ate three normal-sized meals.


STAYING UP LATE WRECKS HAVOC ON YOUR METABOLISM


According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, your metabolism doesn't punch out after 8 p.m. However, if you're mindlessly snacking and binge-watching Game of Thrones, those snacks are probably the cause of your weight gain. If you need to have a small snack, choose one that contains protein and complex carb and get some sleep. A study in the American Journal of Physiology showed that adults who slept for nine hours had healthier metabolisms (and fewer cravings and less hunger) than those who only slept for around four hours.


METABOLISM SLOWS WHEN YOU AGE


Let's be honest here, what's really slowing down is our activity. And if our activity is slowing down or basically nonexistent, we require fewer calories on a daily basis. For example, a 50-year-old non-active woman needs to consume about 600 calories less per day to maintain a steady weight compared to when she was moderately active at 25 years of age. Remember, lean muscle mass burns calories, so staying active and incorporating some resistance training will keep your metabolism revving.


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