Since writing this article I have revisited the topic of eating and metabolism. At the time of writing I thought that eating more frequently could boost your metabolism. However, after further reading I have realised that my initial assumption was wrong. For the full details you can read my up to date article on how eating affects your metabolism.
In my last few articles I have discussed a number of ways that you can increase your metabolic rate. However, it is also very important that you understand that certain things will be having a negative effect on your metabolism. You need to be able to identify these so that they can be avoided and help keep your metabolism at an acceptable level. In this article I discuss a number of things you should avoid when attempting to boost your metabolism.
1) SUGARY FOODS:- Sugary foods are high in calories, low in nutritional value and digest easily meaning less calories are burned in the digestion process. Whilst the occasional sugary treat is OK, you need to avoid sugary foods overall.
2) ALCOHOL:- Alcoholic beverages are very high in sugar and calories. They also have a dehydrating effect which can slow your metabolism. Occasional consumption of alcohol is OK but excessive and/or daily consumption of alcohol can have a damaging effect on your metabolism boosting efforts.
3) BIG MEALS:- As I have discussed in previous articles large meals do not promote a fast metabolism. If your meals are too large then a lot of excess calories will be stored as body fat. You really need to be eating smaller meals more frequently to keep your metabolism boosted.
4) SKIPPING MEALS:- Just as eating large meals can hurt your metabolism, eating too few meals can have the same effect. To keep your metabolism high you need to feed it. Plan to eat five or six small meals each day and stick to this plan.
5) SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE:- You need to be active to boost your metabolism. There are lots of options available to you here. Take up a hobby you enjoy which involves physical activity. Alternatively, walk or cycle to work instead of taking the car or bus. Whatever you choose make sure it is something that is both fun, that you can do regularly and that keeps you active.
Taking preventative measures is just as important as taking positive steps if you want to keep your metabolism high. Knowing what to avoid can help you greatly. By avoiding the things listed in this article and combining them with a good diet and exercise plan you can really start to raise your metabolic rate.