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Many people reduce weight loss to achieving a “quick” metabolism with the help of a diet consisting of so-called “metabolism-boosting” foods. However, it isn’t as simple as that, which is why you need to know the bigger picture if you want to successfully and healthily lose weight.
First of all, it’s necessary to make clear what metabolism actually is. Scientifically, it’s the process (both chemical and psychological) that the body goes through when it turns food into energy. To simplify, it’s the sum of all reactions from which the body gets, from food, the energy it needs to survive.
Things get tricky and discussions arise when it comes to how the process works and what its impact on weight loss is. The biggest myths regarding metabolism are:
- metabolism can be “fast” or “slow”
- food is the only thing that influences your metabolism
- weight loss depends exclusively on your metabolism
Let’s make something very clear: your metabolism isn’t “fast” or “slow”, because its work can’t be measured in speed. Instead, it’s more appropriate to talk about its efficiency, which is why the metabolism works better with whole, unprocessed food that isn’t as hard to digest and assimilate.
While the food you eat plays a role in your metabolism’s efficiency, it’s not the only factor. Yes, a diet rich in protein can be beneficial if you want to lose weight because it’s highly satiating and your body needs more calories to process it. However, other elements like genetics, hormones, sleep, physical activity, and chronic health conditions affect your metabolism’s efficiency as well.
Another myth is the exclusive role of your metabolism in weight loss. In order to lose weight, there has to be a lower calorie input than output. In other words, you need to lose more calories than the number that comes in your body, which doesn’t necessarily and only depends on your metabolism’s efficiency.