Our metabolism is affected by several factors, aside from muscle mass content. Oftentimes when a person makes up their mind to get serious about weight management and they begin to see results, they cut back on the calories even further to speed up the weight loss process. Crash dieting or eating too few calories can actually decrease your basal metabolic rate by up to 15%!
Interestingly, the temperature of the environment plays a role in metabolism, in that if you are either hot or cold the body has to work harder to maintain a normal body temperature. Keeping the house cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer is not only good for your pocket book it can be just one more means toward weight loss.
Caffeine also increases metabolism (and is included in Ultra Therm, and Solstic Energy) as do hot spices – and remember the more muscle mass you have the more calories you’ll burn.
Have you ever experienced increased heat in the body after a meal? Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) increases after a meal or snack because your body uses energy to digest the foods you’ve eaten. This rise begins just after you start a meal and peaks two to three hours later.
Depending on the type of food eaten and the size of the meal, the rise in your BMR can range between 2%-30%.
- Fats – raise the BMR 0–5%
- Carbohydrates – raise the BMR 5–10%
- Proteins – raise the BMR 20–30%
Eating 30 grams of protein at breakfast will do a lot to start your day out with an increase in metabolic rate. To learn more about our weight management program, IN.FORM, please visit the “What is IN.FORM?” page on our website.