Metabolism, the thing we all hate.


Hello ladies and gentlemen!  

Today in my fourth post I will be talking about metabolism. What is it? Why do some of us have a faster metabolism? How can we speed it up? And can we do that at all? And what kind of foods should we eat if we have a fast or slow metabolism?   


Well I wanted to start this article with the question ‘what is metabolism?’ but let me first explain the title of this article. Most of us hate our metabolism and I’m not only talking about the people who are a (little) bit on the heavy side, but also the skinny people here who would love to gain some extra pounds.   

Usually gaining weight is more of a guy thing, but I also knew a few girls who wanted to add some weight (I’m sure some of u are thinking now ‘ wanna trade?/ you can have some of my weight?) and they struggled with this for years. The trick in this is to eat a lot and with a lot I mean more then you want or can eat probably. But that’s a topic for later on. First, let’s continue with this topic. 


What is metabolism?

Well the Harvard university says this about it, and I couldn’t explained it better: ‘In simple terms, metabolism is the internal process by which your body expends energy and burns calories. It runs 24/7 to keep your body moving, even when you're resting or sleeping, by converting the food and nutrients you consume into the energy your body needs in order to breathe, circulate blood, grow and repair cells, and everything else it does to survive.’   

So, metabolism is what keeps our body going, even when we are not going anywhere (like when we are asleep). To give you an idea about this sleeping thing. I did a little bit of calculation on this topic a while ago and I discovered that I’m burning up 50-60 calories per hour when I’m sleeping. So, when I’m sleeping, I’m still losing weight! But keep in mind that I have a fast metabolism.  

Why do some of us have a faster metabolism? 

In my second article I talked about 3 different body types and in that article, you could see why you are probably losing a lot of weight or you are gaining a lot of weight. A lot of the body type thing is about our genetics. 

For example, when you are the skinny type, you’re probably long what means that your muscles are also longer and the same goes for your bones and veins. This means that your body has to burn more calories to keep up with the demand of your body. Vice versa can be said for the smaller kind of people. 

But that is not all, besides length there is also the natural craving for food. And studies have showed that people who fall in the ectomorph class (skinny people) have less a craving for fat and sugary food and are often easier filled up by the food they eat, while on the other side the endomorph class (the bigger kind of people) have more cravings for fat and sugary food and have to eat a lot more to have that ‘ filled up’ feeling after eating dinner.  

A good tip is always to keep a max of 3 hours between every meal. When keeping your meals consistent your body will keep your metabolism higher in the food break down process. Just make sure your meals aren’t huge. Sometimes a meal can consist out of an apple or something else what is small and low in calories.  

Still that is not all there is to it.  

Age is also highly relevant to this party, where I can take myself as a great example. When is was between the age of 16 and 23 I always had a six pack without doing anything for it, because my fat percentage was very low? Even when I ate like a bear before hibernation, I almost didn’t gain any fat tissue. Now I’m 28 and I’m seeing and feeling that this doesn’t count for me anymore. Its not that I’m gaining a lot of fat, but I’ve been measuring and observing my eating and training habits and the truth is, how older you get, the lower your metabolism will get. So, imagine how it will be when you are 40 or 50!  

Besides age there are two more components on this topic.  

First of the last two remaining is the activity level you have on a daily basis. Its probably easy math, but still let me explain it to you. If your job is to sit in a (desk)chair all day and you eat a lot of food high in calories, then your body isn’t going to get rid of all those calories. But when you walk to and from your work, then you could burn (some of) those calories and give your body that little bit of a boost and energy from sitting all day. The higher your daily activity the higher your calorie burning will be  

Then the last one of the two and I do love this part.  

The truth is, muscles don’t only make our body stronger and better looking, it is also a key ingredient in a fast metabolism. In this case I want to refer back to the Harvard explanation:  

‘by converting the food and nutrients you consume into the energy your body needs in order to breathe, circulate blood, grow and repair cells, and everything else it does to survive.’  

This last part, the ‘grow and repair cells’ is also what is happening with your muscles. Because muscles need to be repaired and need to be maintained. So, the thing is, the more muscles you have, the more calories your body needs to burn in order to maintain these muscles and repair them. So if you don’t have a lot of muscles, you probably won’t burn a lot of calories when you sit down of sleep, but when you have gained extra muscle tissue then you can bet on it that you will burn a lot more calories when you sleep or sit down. This also means that when you are sitting behind your desk at work, your body is trying to maintain those muscles what means that is will burn calories the whole day trough! And this is one of the many reasons why I love this bit and why I’m pro weight training.   

So how can we speed our metabolism up? 

Well I already gave somethings away in my enthusiasm about this topic, but for the record, here is a list with what you could do to speed it up:  

- Get more muscle tissue

- Daily exercises (even walking for half an hour is good!)

- Look at what you are eating. 

- Drink black coffee (makes your heart pump faster due the caffeine)

- Drink green tea (3 cups is the minimum)

- Drink plenty of water! (dehydration makes you metabolism very low)

- Eat spicy food if you can handle the heat 

- Don’t do crash diet (this ruïnes your metabolism up pretty bad)

- Eat lean protein. I will explain to you why in the next chapter  

 Then the question stands: And can we do that at all? Yes, unless you are having heart problems (the coffee and tea) or have an allergy. Everybody in the whole wide world can speed up his or hers metabolism.   

What kind of foods should we eat if we have a fast or slow metabolism? 

Before I’m starting to answer this question, I would like to say that I’m planning on dedicating more articles on the food section part. Because food is for the most of us a lovely but hard subject and I want to learn all of you everything that I can teach you about it. And to be honest, that quite a lot of knowledge, to much for in this of one article. So, in this case I’m just going to answer the question and comeback on the food part later on. 

So what to eat when you are having a slow metabolism?  

First of all, let’s start with the lean protein. Why lean protein? Well not only for the muscle repair part, but also because protein has a mysterious place in our food and belly system and let me tell you why.  

Protein has a higher thermic effect then carbohydrates and fat. In plain English it means that a great part of the protein you’re taking in is being burned in your stomach and small intestine which means that a great part will never become fat. And besides the thermic effect of protein it also has low calories and its good for your muscles! To much protein is not a good idea, because there are researches going on between a high protein intake and colon cancer. So, don’t overdo it.

The next thing you could eat to keep your metabolism high is vegetables and almost everything with low sugar, low (bad) fat and low calories. I know that this doesn’t sounds fun, but when you keep your meals consistent in small portions, your metabolism will be a lot higher!

Then what to eat if you are having a fast metabolism? 

If you are having a fast metabolism and are having struggles with gaining weight, the best advice I can give you right now, is to eat more then you are doing now. In my observations with these kinds of clients I saw that the majority of these people thought that they were eating enough or that they couldn’t possible eat more. Well, that’s where they were wrong. If you are skinny and you want to put on weight, you need to find high calorie foods and enough of protein to keep you in a calorie surplus. My tip is, try to eat a little bit more every day and if you aren’t allergic to them, buy nuts and peanuts. Why? Well, because nuts contain very good fats, are high in fiber and in protein and contain a lot of calories. Try to eat a pack of nuts next to the rest of your standard meals and look at what it does with your weight. Still not putting it on? Then add more calories and keep measuring your results until you’re happy with the results.  

Well ladies and gentlemen, I hope you have enjoyed another one of my post! In the future I will be posting more articles about these kinds of topics. If you have a question, or a request let me know in the comments and I will see if I can write something about that!  

Don’t forget to upvote and follow me if you liked my post! A follow will always be returned with a follow, because I’m not only here to write and earn money but also to learn from your story’s!  


Comments 12


I have a super slow metabolism and I pick up weight very easily but I also gain muscle very quickly. I don't have to put in that much effort to get bulky but to trim down its a problem, its something i struggled with in the beginning and diet is so important to get the right results

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16.07.2019 15:10
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Hi @chekohler. First of all thank you very much for the nomination! I will surely join it, because good post are worth more!

And secondly i'm glad to hear that you found your own way into the maze of getting leaner. I wish you all the luck and strength in your road to getting leaner!

16.07.2019 15:19
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Hmmm... I'm not quite sure what sort of metabolism I have... I eat when I'm hungry, but I don't put on weight... on the other hand, I'm pretty comfy with my weight as well... so it isn't really a thing that I every think about!

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17.07.2019 16:05
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Hi @bengy! Thanks for reading my post! I think just from your reply that you have or a fast metabolism, or you just don't eat so much that you put on weight. anyway i'm glad to hear that you are comfy with your weight! That's what it all is about!

17.07.2019 17:01
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Interesting post @donhiddit! In the age of fast fixes and crash diets, good old eating right and exercising, and being aware of your metabolism type can't be stressed enough! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, and thanks to @chekohler for featuring your post in his Pay It Forward Curation Contest (@pifc) entry! Feel free to join us with an entry if your own any week 😊

19.07.2019 22:12
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Hello @lynncoyle1 thank you very much for the invite! I will try my best to write a truthful and educational post it! And also i'm glad you liked my post! It is very true that nowadays everybody wants to lose weight within a minute well our metabolism is such an important part of the people who we are and how are body could change!

Thank for taking the time to comment! I hope we will meet again on steemit!

20.07.2019 19:36
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Very interesting topics and ideas. I'm not much into diets but lately I feel like I need to control better what I eat. Thanks for sharing!

Congratulations on being featured by @chekohler in an entry for the Pay It Forward Contest!

22.07.2019 23:16
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Very informative post @donhiddit. It answers some questions I have been having. Is there such thing as no metabolism? I have been the same weight for 9 years. Once in a while it will dip a little. I had changed my diet completely. No sugar (except what naturally occurs in fruit), low starch (I actually stopped eating potatoes) lean meats, doubled vegetable intake. Snacks consisted of cheeses and nuts. Any time I got hungry I ate nuts. I did Zumba 3 times a week and then the gym 3 days a week. As well as adding a supplement regimen. All of this because my doctor had told me my blood pressure was going up, I was on the verge of type 2 diabetes and my cholesterol was 'a tad high'. I had everything monitored closely during that time. Guess what? Nothing happened. 18 months on this routine and I had no change whatsoever. He decided to say it was because of the medication I was on and stress.

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23.07.2019 01:35
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Thanks for the informative article which I found from @chekohler's entry for the Pay it Forward Curation contest.

One of the things I've learned over the years is that kcal in +/- kcal out doesn't necessarily = weight gain/loss. For me, that sort of broke when I started struggling with my thyroid - which, of course, is directly related to metabolism. I have managed to correct it now through diet, but due to genetics, I think I will always struggle with my weight.

Thanks again for your informative post - I hope you will write many more.

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