By: Carla Schuit RD, LDN, MPH
Every day I talk to people about their diet history, eating patterns, medical needs and nutritional goals. Every day I hear “I have a slow metabolism”. What is metabolism? It’s this thing that seems to regulate our dreams of chiseled bodies and large consumption of food. Metabolism is the chemical reaction with in a living organism in order to maintain life. It is also known as the rate at which we burn energy to function on a daily basis.
There are many factors that contribute to how our metabolism functions; sex, age, genetics, and lifestyle to name a few. So the bad news – there are no foods that increase your metabolism, there are no fat burning foods and there is no cleanse in the world that will rev up our fat burning. The good news – we can change this! Muscle burns 6.4 calories per pound whereas fat burns 1.8 calories per pound. What does this mean? The best way to increase your metabolism is to increase your muscle mass. Focusing meals on protein will aid in muscle synthesis, but don’t hate on carbs! Carbs are our primary energy source and also aid in muscle building. Whether you are eating to lose weight, change body composition, fuel performance or any other reason, having a higher metabolism will allow you to eat more calories, more food!! So keep lifting them weights!!