True or False? Common myths about how to speed up metabolism
There are probably as many myths about how to speed up metabolism as there are facts, and it seems as though each day, new myths are being invented, perpetuated and unfortunately, adopted, concerning metabolism.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths, and reveal the truth about each.
We’ll take a look at 4 myths commonly accepted as truth about how to speed up metabolism, dissect them, and discard the lies.
The myths we’ll examine in this article are:
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- Eat spicy peppers to burn more calories.
- All caffeine is a metabolism enhancer.
- A pound of muscle burns 100 calories per day.
1) Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
Popular advice here has always been to scarf down some breakfast first thing in morning in order to crank up that metabolism after a night of no calories.
More important than simply “eating food in the morning”, however, is eating the right foods, whenever you choose to eat.
It’s important that your breakfast (or any meal, really) consists of fiber, protein and other nutrients.
If you have to choose between a high-fat, high-sugar meal or nothing, then eat nothing.
2) Eat spicy peppers to burn more calories
A presentation from a recent biology study suggests mild peppers enable caloric burn at a rate similar to that of really spicy peppers. How about that?
Same impact, way less mouth agony!
The same study found the group eating mild peppers had about the same metabolic boost as the group eating hot peppers and about twice the boost of a placebo group.
Thus, when considering how to speed up metabolism, don’t rule out mild peppers such as bell, banana, rellenos and pimentos.
Look up some easy, quick recipes for ideas on how to incorporate some of these into your diet.
3) All caffeine is a metabolism enhancer
This is kinda true, kinda not. Caffeine, in and of itself, is certainly a metabolism enhancer.
However, if your source of caffeine is something that contains a ton of sugar, such as an energy drink, the impact of the caffeine on your metabolism may not be realized.
Reason being, the sugar in the energy drink produces a ton of insulin. And when the insulin is released into the bloodstream, whatever amount of it your body can’t use at that time, is stored as fat.
If you want to burn more calories, drink more water in conjunction with low-to-no-sugar caffeine sources like black coffee or tea.
4) A pound of muscle burns 100 calories per day
This myth has been greatly over-exaggerated. While it’s true that muscle burns calories while at rest, the insinuation that a pound of muscle burns as many as 100 calories per day while just sitting around and doing nothing, is an utter myth.
Sorry, but TV watching isn’t enough.
The good news is that muscle still burns three times the amount of calories that fat burns in the same amount of time.
So it still pays to lose body fat and gain muscle through resistance training and other exercises.
When considering ideas and methods for how to speed up metabolism, rather than simply taking a product sale page’s or random Youtube video’s word for it, search for supporting studies and research papers that provide some level of proof.
With all the information available today, the truth is right under your nose.
Eat well-balanced meals and load them up with as many metabolism enhancers as possible, but do so while keeping sugar and saturated fat intake as low as possible. Drink lots of water, and avoid eating at all if your only options are sugary, high-sat-fat foods.
We’ll cover more myths in a follow-up post, but these are four of the most common.