Doctor explains how changing one simple morning habit can boost your metabolism all day long
Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients. Bioenergetics is a term that describes the biochemical or metabolic pathways by which the cell ultimately obtains energy. Energy formation is one of the vital components of metabolism. In simple terms, metabolism is a group of processes that turn all the food and drink we intake every day into the energy our body needs.
Metabolism can vary a lot between people, and researchers don’t understand why. It’s true that two people with the same size and body composition can have different metabolic rates. One can consume a huge meal and gain no weight, while the other has to carefully count calories to not gain weight. However, there are some tips and tricks that work with every type of metabolism, and a doctor has recently shared three diet tips on how to “prime” your metabolism to help you burn more fat throughout the day.
Doctor Tax Bhatia is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Board certified in Integrative Medicine and Pediatrics and Founder and CEO of CentreSpringMD in Atlanta. According to a recent article published on her blog, there are three main factors that can determine how high your metabolism is, two of which can be altered by the foods you eat.
One of these factors is whether or not the energy you take from food is being used to break down other foods, or is directly burned off. This is called the “thermogenic effect” of food, she explains. The other two factors include your basal metabolic rate and how much physical activity you do. Your basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy you naturally break down without doing anything. Doctor Bhatia explains that certain foods can impact your basal metabolic rate as well as impact how other foods are used in the body (the thermogenic effect).
These special foods can help “you burn more calories at rest and aid in weight loss,” she adds. According to her, adding three different supplementary nutrients to your morning brew, whether that’s coffee or tea, can make a significant improvement in your metabolism. One of these nutrients is collagen peptides which is a protein used by our body to give it structure but can also be consumed as a supplement. It contains amino acids, the building blocks of protein, which can be beneficial for your metabolism.
The doctor also recommends adding cinnamon to your morning beverage. Studies have shown that a cup of cinnamon can bring down your blood sugar levels, increase fat burning, and slow down inflammation. One study looked at how the chemical in cinnamon that gives it its smell reacts to human fat cells. It found that the fats started creating enzymes that increased the breakdown of fat.
Her final tip was to add coconut oil to your coffee or tea. Coconut oil is another nutrient that contains small chemicals that are linked to fat burning. In particular, it contains lots of medium-chain fatty acids, which studies have shown boost your metabolism. However, there could be health risks associated with using too much coconut oil. The oil contains about a third more saturated fat than butter, and that’s why health experts advise everyone to be very careful when using it, despite the numerous health benefits it has.