What is metabolism?
A simple definition of metabolism is the sum of all the processes, down to the cellular level, that converts what you eat into energy. That energy is used to perform every action in your body from producing chemicals needed for cellular function to the energy that powers you walking, breathing, and thinking!
In essence, metabolism is necessary to maintain life and the fuel you feed your body to metabolize is key for optimal function and health. Our bodies are so good at this that not only does it know how much energy it needs to produce, it also decides what areas need more or less based on our activity and demands we put on the body. The entire system is complex but there are two key ways you can work with your body to help improve metabolism.
First, eat whole foods that provide the nutrients your body needs in the most “ready-to-use” form.
Secondly, space your meals out by at least 3 hours, eating 3 meals a day. If you are active and require a mid-afternoon snack, space that 3 hours between lunch and dinner as well.
Digesting food requires a significant amount of energy and depending on your body type, how you regulate blood sugar will vary. For the majority of people, spacing out meals allows the blood sugar that increases after a meal to return to normal. It then restores the body’s ability to tap into body fat for energy rather than the sugar in the blood. It also allows the system to clean up following the digestive process, shutting down the energy to the stomach and focusing energy to the intestines for absorption. Give it a try! You may notice an increase in energy levels as your body now has proper nutrients and time to properly metabolize them throughout the day.