How to Set up Your Metabolism for Success
By Andrew Myers
What Does the Metabolism Do?
Metabolism is defined as “the chemical process that occurs within a living organism in order to maintain life.” This means your metabolism is solely responsible for the breakdown and digestion of food converting them into nutrients and energy that your body needs to survive.
Why is a Fast Metabolism Important?
A fast metabolism is important for many reasons. The first is that when your metabolism is running optimally, you can ensure that most of the food you’re eating will be converted to energy rather quickly rather than being stored in the body as fat. A quicker metabolic rate also allows you to eat more calories on a given day without gaining weight due to your body constantly being able to process food and break it down quick, and effectively.
Tips for a Fast Metabolism
There are many different tricks one can use to speed up your metabolic rate quite significantly. The first thing you need to understand is that everyone’s metabolism can act differently. The speed at which someone burns calories can vary upon many factors. For example, the more muscle mass one has on their body the more calories their metabolism burns during a single day. Below, are a few tips that I have learned through research and my own personal experiences that can speed up one’s metabolic rate drastically.
Water Consumption - Consuming enough water can keep your body not only digesting food at a more consistent pace but can also provide your body with hydration. As we know, hydration is extremely important especially with someone who lives a more active lifestyle. Proper hydration can lead to increased endurance and stamina during your workouts as well as make sure you are drinking plenty of water consistently throughout the day. Recommended daily water intake should be around 1 gallon of water (around 8 bottles worth). Drinking cold water also can make your metabolism speed up. This is due to your body working harder to bring the cold liquid to body temperature.
Consistent Food Consumption - While intermitant fasting works especially when losing fat, in my experience it is spreading out my meals evenly throughout the day that I notice the best results in my metabolism. Instead of eating 3 meals per day to get my daily calorie intake, I have the same amount of calories but spread out between 5-6 meals (or snacks). This allows the body to be fed more and every 3:30 hours roughly to get all my meals in. What this does is it keeps my metabolism constantly processing and digesting my foods while I am awake. The calories don’t change, however, the portion sizes of these meals do.
When to Eat More vs. When to Eat Less - Caloric timing should also be taken into consideration when finding ways to boost ones metabolism. Having the bulk of your calories in the beginning of the day is always a good idea because following that food consumption you will be awake and your body will be more likely to expend those calories and energy. Where many people go wrong when trying to lose weight or increase their metabolism is having a large amount of calories towards the end of the day. The reason this is not benefitial is all of the body's major processes slow down when you are asleep. For example your heart rate, breathing rate, and metabolic rates all lessen because you are in a state of sleep. You will store a lot more of those calories eaten closer to bedtime as fat due to the fact that you are sedentary and not expending the energy from the food after it is consumed.
These three tricks alone can help you keep your metabolism increased by a substantial amount when done with enough consistency. I hope this post helps you understand what our metabolism is for and how it can be manipulated given the right knowledge.