You have probably heard the expression, “you are what you eat”. Well, whether you realize it or not, it is true. The nutrients that you get from your diet make up your body’s composition. When you build muscle, your body is taking protein and turning it into muscle fibers. You probably already knew that, so you see in a sense you really are what you eat. That is why it is so important to get the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients for the specific health goals you may have in mind.

Everything we eat has to be metabolized before it can be used in our body. Creating your own metabolism you can do a number of things. If you are trying to lose weight you can burn more calories, simply by splitting your three meals into five meals. Don’t eat any more than you are (obviously), but simply split the meals up so you are eating more often. Doing this will increase your rate of metabolism, and subsequently burn more calories. Easy right, all you have to do is eat more often. You can also increase your metabolism speed through metabolic confusion. This is similar to coming to a plateau in your workouts; your body recognizes a pattern and becomes too accustomed. Every two weeks or so change your diet, doing this will confuse your metabolism and cause it to work harder against the unfamiliar foods.

By increasing your metabolism you can also absorb more nutrients, e.g. proteins, for those body builders out there. This means by eating more often you can actually build muscle faster. So the traditional three meals a day isn’t really the best way to go on this one. I would suggest breaking it into five meals, three meals and two modest sized snacks. Of course the amount you eat depends on your size and activity. For every pound of muscle you gain you will need to get an additional fifty calories a day, and if you are working to build that muscle you will need additional calories for the energy to perform an adequate workout.

 

(Using Treadmills will help to keep your metabolism active too.)