Myths about metabolism

Summer is a time for new weight loss resolutions. The internet is once again bombarded with articles revealing secret ways to speed up your metabolism. But no matter how loud these claims are, you can’t boost your metabolism with a magic trick. We always receive questions regarding the metabolic rate and certain myths associated with it. This is why today we have decided to debunk some of the most commonly believed myths.

Breakfast Kicks Your Metabolism

Breakfast is an important meal of the day. Since you start your day with this meal, it must have all the vital nutrients to give you the nourishment and energy you require.

However, eating breakfast doesn’t kickstart your metabolism. In fact, a study has shown that participants who had breakfast on time and those who skipped, simply had no effect on their metabolism. The results showed that their metabolic rate remained the same. So, next time someone tells you to eat your breakfast because it will kickstart your metabolism, don’t trust them.

Eating Frequent Meals Boost Your Metabolism

This idea is pretty simple, eating smaller meals, preferably six meals throughout the day helps you burn calories consistently. While it seems probable in theory, it’s not actually the case.

The thermic effect of food is how we store, process, and use the energy we receive from food. So, eating a smaller meal gives you a temporary metabolic boost but the effect is not long-lasting. This is why eating 6 smaller meals or 3 larger meals have more or less the same effect on metabolism.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans include the frequency of meals and they don’t support any evidence on eating more meals to boost metabolism.

Certain Foods Can Boost Metabolism

If you have seen those advertisements where people tell you how certain superfoods can increase your metabolic rate, let us tell you the truth about those claims.

Surprisingly, some of these foods do give a slight metabolic boost. However, their effect is limited and needs more research to prove their substantial utility in improving metabolic rate.

Late Night Eating Slows Metabolism

This one seems quite logical as our bodies rest at night and we don’t consume as much energy. But there’s a problem.

Even when we are asleep, we need energy for breathing, blood circulation, and heartbeat. This is why our metabolic rate doesn’t slow down or stop completely. In fact, a study found that for lean people, metabolic rate increases during sleep while it slows down in obese individuals.

Eating late at night may give you stomach ache or acidity but it will not have any discerning effect on metabolism.

So now that you have learned about these common myths, we suggest you take some informed steps to improve your metabolism. If you have an extremely slow metabolism and your weight loss efforts are going to a waste, bariatric surgery might be the answer.

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