Weight Loss and Your Metabolism

How the Foods You Eat Affect Metabolism

When looking for the most power in your punch, it can help to know which foods will keep your metabolism running at optimal speed. For instance, protein can reduce your appetite more per calorie than fat or carbohydrates. So if you increase your daily amount of protein, you will very likely eat less (even without thinking about it) because you won't be hungry.
Fiber is another power food for your metabolism. Fiber is not absorbed into the body, so you will feel full without having to worry about counting those calories.
In addition, the time of day you eat can affect how your body processes calories. Research has shown that the energy your body uses to digest and absorb a meal (the thermic effect of food) is higher in the morning than in the evening. 
Portion size and how often you eat also play a part in metabolism and weight loss. If you eat more calories than what your body needs to fuel short-term needs, the extra calories are stored as fat. This means that if you eat six small meals a day of approximately 2,000 calories, it will not have the same effect in the body as eating two large meals that total 2,000 calories.
Planning when you eat and what you eat can help maximize how your body will use that energy from the food. Because your body will burn the calories it needs for short-term functions, planning meals or snacks at times when your body is deficient in energy can help prevent too many excess calories from being stored as fat. First thing in the morning is a time where you are energy deficient, as well as right after exercising. Some research has shown that people are more likely to build muscle and gain less body fat when they eat sufficient calories within two hours after exercising.
So although your body's metabolism is geared by how many calories you consume, there are some ways to make those calories really count to maximize your metabolic needs.
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