Diet Secrets

What Is Metabolism?

Metabolism is the process by which the body breaks down food to produce energy. When you’re young, muscle mass stores up energy, preventing weight gain. However, with age, we lost that muscle, which gives way to more body fat. By the time you hit 40, your metabolism starts to slow down 5% every decade, making weight loss particularly challenging.

Here’s a surprising fact about metabolism: If you eat more often, you’ll speed it up. Make sure to eat regularly, which means three meals a day, plus two healthy snacks. And remember to eat within an hour of waking up to keep your body from going into hunger overdrive. To keep your metabolism humming, adhere to this schedule:

  • 6-8 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 10 a.m.: Snack
  • 12-2 p.m.: Lunch
  • 3-5 p.m.: Snack
  • 5-7 p.m.: Dinner
  • Don’t eat after 8 p.m.

Don’t skip your snacks. Research has shown that people who snack on 250 calories three times per day eat less at regular meals and have higher metabolic rates.