Chances are you know a ‘skinny girl’ that can put down a pizza, potato chips, and soda....and not gain an ounce of weight. And perhaps you have another friend that claims to gain weight simply by looking at a donut.
Skinny girl says she’s ‘lucky’ to have a fast metabolism. What’s the truth in this statement?
Simply put, metabolism is defined as how quickly you burn calories and fat, and/or how fast your body converts food to energy.
And yes, genetics plays a role. BUT, that isn’t the only factor that contributes to your metabolic speed.
Age: As we get older, our metabolism slows down. In fact, after 40 it drops by 5% each decade.
Gender: Men typically have faster metabolisms than women.
Diet: What you eat, don’t eat, and when you eat affects your metabolism.
Activity level: The more active you are, the faster your metabolism.
Here’s where the ‘luck’ kicks in: GENETICS. As unfair as it may seem, some people are just quicker calorie burners than others.
But you don’t need to settle, here are a few ways to rev it up!
-Exercise. Combine cardio with strength training to enhance your metabolic rate.
-Eat properly, and at the right time. Three meals a day, always eat breakfast.
-Caffeine can jolt your metabolism 5-8% in a day.
-Eat 25g of fiber per day.
-Water. Drink your recommended daily intake.
-Protein can boost calorie burn after a meal by as much as 35%.
Remember this: just because the skinny girl can eat the pizza, chips, and soda and not gain weight does not mean she’s healthy. Health is a way of life, not an appearance.
Best of luck in your metabolic journey!
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