At this moment, there are a lot of information and tips being published about fitness and wellness on the Internet. Luckily, most of the information is true and people just pass them on, however, there are some misconceptions and myths about certain subjects that just won’t go away. Metabolism is the topic that is often talked about, but there are still lots of false information or myths that are considered to be true. While some of these myths are safe for your health, some can really have a negative impact.
This is why we decided to prepare a list of 5 most common misconceptions about metabolism:
The less I eat, the more weight I will lose
First of all, it is true that if your calorie intake is lower than the amount of calories you burn – you will lose weight. However, this does not mean that you should eat nothing in order to lose more weight. Actually, if you eat less than what your body needs, your metabolism will slow down – which means that you are not going to burn more calories and your weight loss process is going to stop. If you want to know how much calories you need, you can either use one of the calorie calculators available on the web or consult an expert.
Working out on an empty stomach will help me burn more fat
This myth can be often heard, especially in gyms in the morning, where many people come to work out before their breakfast. The main problem is the fact that if you have not eaten, your muscles don’t have the fuel needed for that exercise. In these cases, you would have to do some kind of vigorous training to burn more fat, but without fuel you would not be able to do it.
If you eat more smaller meals, you will have a faster metabolism
When you take in account that whenever you eat, your metabolism goes to work – this myth makes sense. However, there were many researches that tried to prove this and they all came to the same conclusion – the amount of energy used for processing three standard or six smaller meals is the same. On the other hand, eating less than three times or having long pauses between meals will leave you hungry for longer and increases the chances of overeating.
Eating in the night will cause weight gain
This was believed to be true for a long time, however, studies have shown that the overall amount of calories that you have consumed throughout the day matters more than actual timing. The real problem is that we often eat less nutritious food in the evening, which causes the overall amount of calorie intake to increase.
Supplements can speed up metabolism
The truth is that some supplements can block absorption of fat (temporarily), however, they block some healthful nutrients also), but you can’t consume these supplements forever and they can really harm your body in a long run.