Metabolism Myths Busted!

Does your metabolism confuse you? Find out the truth once and for all with our myth busting guide...

The poor metabolism gets blamed for everything these days. Weight gain, lack of energy, even our day-to-day health. But what actually is it and more importantly – can we learn how to speed up metabolism?

We went on a quest to find out and asked diet and fitness expert Alessandro Alviani from Nordic Balance to give us the low down on this chemical reaction. Most of us are guilty of blaming our sluggish metabolisms for our inability to shed weight, so we reckon it’s time to find out more about it and how to speed up metabolism once and for all!

‘The metabolism is the sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available,’ Alessandro explains.

‘Basically, its the entire chemical processes going on continuously inside your body to allow life and normal functioning.’

All metabolism processes are controlled by hormones and the nervous system and influenced by your age, gender, muscle-to-fat ratio, eating, physical activity and overall lifestyle, Alessandro explains.

‘The total amount of calories we spend every day to run all these processes is called total daily energy expenditure (TDEE), and it’s spent as follows:

  • 60-70% just to maintain vital functions such as breathing, regulating the temperature and the heart beating – this is the BMR (basal metabolic rate).
  • 15-30% to do our daily activities (working, training, commuting, etc.)
  • 10-15% to break down the food and assimilate it.

‘Basal metabolic rate, daily activities and food eaten are the key factors that affect our total daily energy expenditure (daily metabolism).’

So, now that we know what we are talking about, let’s debunk the 5 biggest myths and discover how to speed up metabolism…

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