Weight Management

Metabolism Facts or Metabolism Fiction

You get tons of things to hear as regards your metabolism rates. You will have people telling you what will increase your metabolism rate and what won’t. But not all of what you hear is true. So before you begin follow something, you should know whether it is a fact or pure fiction.

FACT

Cold beverages and foods help your body burn more calories.
While drinking any cold drinks or food, your body does burn a lot more calories. But hold on! Ice cold water or drinks may help but will not make extreme difference to your weight. So you cannot rest on them solely for weight loss.

Adequate water intake can help burn more calories.
The more you drink water, the better your metabolism rate is going to be. Drinking water peps up your metabolism arte and helps you burn more calories. People who drink less water burn calories 2% slower than those who do.

Spicy foods can pep up your metabolism.
Chile peppers, both red and green, contain a bioactive compound called as capsaicin. This compound actually helps in increasing the metabolism rate along with giving the feeling of being full. The compound also helps in reducing hunger.

Protein can boost your metabolism.
Protein can have a positive effect on your metabolism as compared to other foods such as carbohydrates or fats. This is because of the fact that proteins require more energy for processing as compared to other nutrients. This is also known as the Thermic Energy of Food or TEF.

Weight lifting increases metabolism more than cardio.
Adding three pounds of muscle to the body implies an increase in the metabolism rate by 6 to 8 percent. This means that you would be burning 100 calories more per day. On the other hand cardio does not help much to increase your metabolism rate. If you want to build muscle, resistance training is the best option.

FICTION

Grapefruit before a meal can speed your metabolism.
Grapefruit might help you lose weight but is not going to work any miracle for your body. The only reason why grapefruit helps is that it is composed primarily of water and fiber that makes you feeling full, encouraging you to eat less. Thus you end up losing weight.

Celery is a negative calorie food.
Many people are of the view that celery consumes more energy for processing than it actually provides. This is why it gets the tag of a ‘negative calorie food’. The fact, however, is something else. A medium sized celery offers six calories to the body and consumes only half a calorie for processing.

Now that you know the facts and the myths too, make sure you take a wise decision.
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