Taking care of your metabolism is very important to maintain a healthy body weight and stay fit. Our metabolism is responsible for controlling the level of hormones in our body as we lose or gain weight. While a fast metabolism can provide you with many health benefits, a slow metabolism can prove to be harmful to your health. That's why speeding up your metabolism is essential for the good of your overall health. To speed up or boost metabolism, the most recommended by fitness experts is to eat something or the other and take small meals every 2 hours. You must have often heard people say that after a short time eating something or the other, metabolism accelerates.
How does eating after a short period of time affect your metabolism?
Whenever you go to your trainer or fitness expert when it comes to weight loss or increase, he advises you to eat a small amount of food after every two hours. The logic behind this is that eating after a short period of time helps in controlling the cravings and the feeling of consuming junk foods. When you eat a small or small amount of food after a short time, it makes your stomach feel full and satisfied. Published in the British Medical Journal in 2001, it has been found that people who eat more often are thinner. They also have lower levels of cholesterol and blood triglycerides than those who eat longer or less frequent meals. However, the evidence that eating a small meal every 2 hours will help speed up your metabolism is not enough and there is no guarantee.
Is it really that fast after eating every 2 hours?
If your fitness trainer is telling you to eat every two hours, because it speeds up the metabolism, then it is not really correct. When we eat, our body is able to digest and process the food. Expands energy to process nutrients. This is known as the thermic effect of food or the thermic effect of food (TEF). Your TEF is about 10% of the total calories you eat at a time. That's why dietitians have this mindset that if you eat more food you will burn more calories because it is 'TEF' which helps in speeding up your metabolism. This is just a myth.
No matter how much food you eat, your 'TEF' will always be around 10%. For example, if you eat 3 meals a day according to the food of 500-500 calories. If you eat 3 meals of 500 calories in a day. So your 'TEF' would be 10% of 500 calories i.e. 50 calories. That is, 50 * 3 = 150 kcal.
What do experts recommend?
Eating according to your convenience works best for the digestive system. Train smart and ask your dietician to create a diet plan that suits your lifestyle. Because it becomes very difficult for a working person to eat every two hours. Talk to a good coach and plan your lifestyle accordingly.
(Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.)