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Metabolic Myths and Truths that you must know about

Shannon Clark explains exactly how the fat loss process takes place and what myths surround the rate of which you burn calories on a daily basis.

It is no secret that your metabolic rate is going to be highly tied in with the type of success you see with your weight loss plan. After all, experiencing rapid fat loss is going to require you to create a calorie deficit in the body where you are burning off more calories than you are taking in through your daily food intake.

Your metabolic rate, which represents how many calories you burn at rest just to survive, represents the largest part of your total daily calorie expenditure so by elevating this as high as possible, you can burn off calories much faster and see greater weight loss. But sadly, there are a few main metabolic myths that circulate around that many people fall prey to. Let us take a quick look at what you need to know.

Overweight people have a naturally slow metabolism

Ever heard someone who was an overweight state that they just have a slow metabolism? The fact of the matter is that it is not so much that they naturally have a slow metabolism but more than the way they are eating and the lack of exercise they are doing have promoted their metabolism to run slowly.

With the right changes to their workout and diet plan, everyone can boost their metabolic rate again so that it is running more efficiently.

Consuming cold beverages will help you lose weight

Another common statement with regards to the metabolism is that drinking cold water will cause the body to expend more energy. While it is true that you will burn a few more calories to bring that water up to body temperature, do not get your hopes up too high that if you down 8 glasses of ice water per day you will shed fat faster than ever.

While you do get that small calorie burn, it is nothing to write home about. What you will get though is better hydration levels and that has an even greater impact on the metabolism. Therefore, keep up your water intake but understand the primary reasons for doing so

There are negative calorie foods

One commonly held belief is that there are negative calorie foods that you can eat that will cause you to burn off more calories than you take in. While there is no question that there are definitely very low-calorie foods, the fact of the matter is that you will never actually burn more calories digesting a food than what you take in.

You may burn off so many that the total 'net' calorie intake is virtually negligible (think celery and cucumbers), but you will not actually burn off more calories through digestion. Eating these ultra-low-calorie foods is a wise idea however as it can speed up the rate of fat loss due to hunger control.

Protein boosts the metabolic rate

Finally, the last issue regarding the metabolism that you need to get squared away in your mind is the notion that protein-rich foods spike the metabolic rate. This idea is completely accurate! If you want to burn more calories over the course of the day, take in more protein. While you will not net a negative calorie balance from these foods as we just outlined above, the body does burn off more calories digesting these foods than it does digesting fat or carbs so for that reason, a higher protein diet can certainly aid the weight loss process.

So, there are some important facts that you must know about the metabolic rate. If you can get these facts straight in your mind, you will be able to tell fact from fiction when it comes to seeing success from your weight loss diet plan.


One of the biggest problems I see today are issues with poorly functioning metabolisms due to years of very low-calorie dieting coupled with the wrong types of nutrients coming in regularly. By changing the diets around many clients, I have worked with, we have been able to bring up their rate of fat loss and get them seeing the results they desire. I strongly feel that learning how to manage your metabolism and maximise it to your potential will be the most critical thing to do in order to achieve lasting weight loss success.

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  • CLARK, S. (2010) Metabolic Myths and Truths that you must know about [WWW] Available from: [Accessed

About the Author

Shannon Clark is a certified personal trainer who holds a degree in Exercise Science. She has been writing about health and fitness for the last 9 years across numerous websites as well as helping others both online and in person achieve their fat loss goals.

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