Are you starting to feel like your weight loss is slowing down?
You are most likely making a mistake by following these diet mistakes. Here is how you boost your metabolism to aid in your weight loss to make it faster and much more easier on you.
1. Eating small meals throughout the day will speed up your metabolism
Not true! Let’s prove this wrong with some facts.
A big myth in nutrition is that your metabolism will be enhanced by eating small meals every 2-3 hours. This isn’t true as it has nothing to do with how many meals you eat in one day. Your metabolism stays the same whether you eat 3-6 meals a day. Weight loss doesn’t occur just because you frequently eat small portions.
When it comes to your dietary regimen, you need to work on a meal plan that mixes well with your daily routine. There is a good thing in eating every 2-3 hours as it works to keep you filled and not waiting to eat a whole meal. Although, despite this, you will not lose your weight at a rapid rate or enhance your metabolism. This is a very old myth in the fitness industry.
2. Extreme, low-calorie diets will lead to faster weight loss
This myth is completely false. A lot of people believe since back in ancient times that eating less food, means you would lose more. Theoretically, it is true. Although, if you eat less calories that what’s needed for your body to function as normal, your metabolism will decrease, making it hard to lose weight.
Your calorie-burning ability will slow down. Research has discovered that when our diets consist of 1200 calories or less, we have the highest decrease in RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). When you are on a diet, be sure you consume more than 1200 calories and keep it relatively at normal levels.
3. All calories are not created equal
Knowing how many calories you consume in a day is vital to weight loss. Be aware that your body digest different types of food differently. Around
3% of all ‘fat’ calories are burned during the process of digestion. 20-30% of all ‘protein’ calories consumed are burned in the digestion process. About 6% of all ‘carb’ calories consumed are burned in digestion. Protein burns so quickly, even when going without exercise, because the calories come from protein when it involves weight loss.
A good example for this is: If you consume 1,000 calories of chocolate ice-cream and 1,000 calories of chicken you would gain weight from eating the ice cream. 20-30% of the protein within the chicken would burn up during digestion, while 3% of fat from the chocolate ice-cream would burn in digestion. This is the Thermal Effect of Food (TEF).
4. Eating late at night leads to weight gain
A lot of prominent individuals and celebrities have passed along this theory that when you stopped eating after 6 pm, that they would lose weight. In fact, your body will not store more fat at night than any other time of the day. The human body gains weight depending on two factors: what’s consumed and how much of it is consumed. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what time you eat food. According to research, it has been found that late-night eating hadn’t lead to any significant weight gain.
In Israel, a 6-month study was conducted. Some of the participants in the study had a huge meal for breakfast, while some had their largest meal after 8 pm. The researchers discovered that participants who ate a huge meal after 8 pm had lost 11% more weight and lost 10% of body fat than those who had their big meal at breakfast time. A problem with eating at night is if your last meal is the portion of 3 meals, leading to overconsumption of calories. Not good at all if you want to lose weight.