For others, the test can provide clinical proof that the changes that they have made are having an effect. A client in her 50s joined The Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center’s weight loss program in February 2017. She had her metabolic rate analyzed in May and then participated in two more weight-loss programs at the Center. She had another analysis done in October and learned that her metabolic rate had indeed improved. She has lost 15 pounds and continues to exercise at CentraState’s Fitness & Wellness Center and fine-tune her diet to lose weight safely.
Three Facts About Your Metabolism
Contrary to common belief – and the internet – several widely accepted myths about boosting your metabolism are simply hot air. Here are the facts:
- Eating late at night does not slow down your metabolism. What late-night snacking can do, however, is lead to mindless overeating, which can add unnecessary calories.
- Chili peppers and green tea won’t provide a lasting boost to your metabolism. While these foods may provide a temporary boost, it’s not enough to counteract eating too many calories.
- A drastic low-calorie diet isn’t the key to weight loss. Research has shown that the body goes into survival mode when calorie intake drops suddenly. Your metabolism will slow down to conserve calories, having the opposite effect of what was intended.
Pump Iron to Boost the Burn
Genetics play a major role in how quickly our metabolism converts calories into energy. However, building lean muscle mass through activities like strength training will speed up your metabolic rate. As we age, we typically store more body fat and less muscle mass, but it’s possible for anybody at any age to counteract that trend through consistent, muscle-building activities.
Metabolic rate testing is available at The Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center at CentraState Medical Center as part of the hospital’s Live Life Well program. The service is open to anyone in the community.
For more information on metabolic rate analysis, call 732-308-0570.
Caryn Alter, MS, RD, FAND, is a registered dietitian at The Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center at CentraState Medical Center. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition and public health, and is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.