A reader asks: Metabolism baffles me. I know I have a very slow one, but I wondered if there is any way that I can speed it up?
Hala Barghout says: No supplement, no matter what claims it makes, will speed up your metabolism. But there are two healthy ways that you can kick-start your metabolism – feeding your body and strength training. To boost your metabolism you need to eat more often. Your body needs food (fuel) in order to burn fat. It is recommended to eat five small meals a day to keep your metabolism up. First make sure you eat breakfast within in an hour or so of waking up. This will jump start your metabolism. Remember that you are fasting while you are sleeping so your body thinks you are starving it. It is important to also do strength training. The more lean muscle you have the more calories your body burns at rest. Also with strength training you still burning calories because you are still getting your heart rate up. So it is important to have a balance between cardio and strength training. The great thing about muscles, other than looking lean, is that they burn more calories than fat. Try some basics, like pushups, sit-ups, resistance bands or yoga.
Hala Barghout, BSc Nutrition and Dietetics, will sort out the facts from the fads.