Metabolic Myths: Stop Blaming Your Metabolism for Unwanted Weight Gain

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I’ll never look like that, my metabolism is just too slow.

I’d like to lose a few pounds, but I can’t change my metabolism so what’s the point?

I’ve got a fast metabolism, so lucky for me I can eat as much junk food as I want.

If you answered “false” to the above statements, you’re well on your way to understanding your metabolism and how it works. So often we want to blame our metabolisms for weight gain, but it’s time to learn the facts about what’s truly going on in our bodies.

The Speed of My Metabolism Determines My Weight Loss

False.

Your metabolism has a very important job to do; It converts what you eat and drink into energy. You may have been trained to think that those individuals who are on the slender side have faster metabolisms than larger individuals, but this is not true.

In fact, larger individuals (whether they have more fat or more muscle) require more energy to burn calories. Therefore, they have fast metabolisms while smaller people tend to have slow metabolisms. What determines weight loss is the type of food you put in your body and how your metabolism breaks it down, as well as the amount of physical activity you engage in on a daily basis.

Eating Small Meals Every Few Hours is Good for My Metabolism

Not necessarily.

If you are trying to lose weight and believe that eating more frequent meals throughout the day will boost your metabolism to help you shed pounds quicker, you should reevaluate your strategy. While eating more frequent, smaller meals will help with portion control, studies have proven that eating 2,000 calories a day spread out into five small meals, or consuming those calories in the traditional three meals a day format, bears similar results. Whether you eat more frequent meals at a smaller portion size, or eat the same amount of food over a series of three meals, your metabolism still processes those calories in the same way.

Focus instead on the quality of the food you eat over how often you eat it. Eating foods rich in nutrients will make the difference in how your metabolism reacts.

Diet Plays a Huge Role in How My Metabolism Functions

True.

In addition to regular exercising that burns more calories than you take in, you’ll want to make sure the calories you are consuming contain nutrients beneficial to the metabolic process! Your metabolism needs certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, probiotics, and more to function properly and effectively.

Be sure to eat protein, fruits and vegetables, probiotics such as yogurt, and take vitamins regularly to foster a healthy metabolism and to maximize the effects of the metabolic process, as well as your weight loss plan.

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