You know those people that it seems like they can eat anything (and everything) and they don’t put on an ounce of fat? Then there are those people who look at a bowl of pasta or a birthday cake and it’s like ten pounds magically appears. If you’ve ever asked “How do I raise my metabolism?” then chances are you’re in the second group.
Let’s start by just defining what we actually mean by “metabolism”, to get on the same page. Basically, the metabolism is all of your body’s processes. Everything from powering your cells to repairing damage, replacing old cells, creating new ones, and so on all fall into this lump category of “metabolism”. All of these things require energy, in the form of calories, to take place. That energy can come from the food you’re eating now or it can come from fat or muscle stored on your body, which is past overeating that you did. Of course, when people are asking this question they’re generally looking for ways to expend more energy and ideally have the excess come from the stored fat.
For the first group, there’s a handful of reasons as to why they may be able to just burn through food, not all of which are related to the metabolism, but for the sake of this post we’ll stick with those. For the rest of us, here’s how to get that metabolism cranking and the fat dropping: Continue reading