Having a ‘fast’ metabolism is the same as having a high metabolic rate. The higher your metabolic rate, the more calories your body burns while performing basic functions such as breathing, keeping your heart beating and digesting.
If you increase your metabolic rate then it can help you greatly in losing weight. But can it be done? According to research, only 75 per cent of your metabolic rate is based on your genetics. Yes, some people are going to be predisposed to having a slower metabolism than others. But even they can change their metabolic rate by up to 25 per cent.
So what can you do? First, change your eating habits. Try eating smaller meals more frequently, about every three or four hours. This will help you to avoid dramatic spikes in your insulin levels, which can affect your weight and your metabolism. Try to replace some of the fats and carbohydrates in your diet with protein. Digesting protein takes more energy than either fat or carbohydrates, so you burn more calories simply by eating it. Try low-fat dairy, fish, nuts and eggs for snacks and at mealtimes.
One of the most important steps you can take to boost your metabolism is to change your routine. Your body adapts to a routine amazingly quickly, and will learn to burn fewer calories over time when undertaking the same task over and over again. Changing the way you exercise and eat helps to keep your metabolism on its toes. Try changing the type of exercise you do, and do it at different times of the day. You can also vary your meals, eating a light dinner one day and a normal sized dinner the next. Change and avoiding routine is the key.
Your muscle cells are really good at burning calories. The more muscle cells you have, the more calories you can burn. It’s important to lift weights several times each week, and to slowly increase the amount of weight you lift. This doesn’t mean becoming a weight lifter – if lifting half a kilo puts a strain on your muscles, then that’s as much as you need to do. Just don’t fall into a routine of lifting the same amount of weight week in and week out.
Do you think having a slow metabolism is the reason you struggle to lose weight? Would you consider trying to reset your metabolism?