Summer is here! And it’s got us thinking about getting in shape. But there are so many misconceptions about metabolism and diets out there, what if we’re making the wrong assumptions? We decided to check out a few of the most common beliefs about metabolism and discovered six big myths that surprised us:
Myth #1. Anything eaten after 7pm turns into fat.
False: The number of calories you eat matters, but not the time when they’re consumed. Nighttime eating has probably gotten a bad rap because people often mindlessly snack on unhealthy foods in front of the tv then. A late (but healthy) dinner won’t add to anyone’s waistline by itself.
Myth #2. Thin people have fast metabolisms.
Actually, thin people have a slower resting metabolic rate than heftier people, because they have less body mass, which burns calories. Doesn't stop us from being jealous though ...
Myth #3. Eating multiple small meals revs up your metabolism.
False: The frequency of your meals doesn’t impact your body’s ability to burn calories. Eating a single big meal per day that contains the same number of calories as a several small meals will have the same effect on your metabolism (but isn’t very fun).
Myth #4. Genetics determines your metabolism, so you can’t change it.
False: Genetics plays a role in setting your metabolism, but body composition can override it. If you don’t exercise and don’t have much muscle, you can change your metabolism. Muscle burns calories faster than fat, so hit the gym!
Myth #5. Skipping breakfast will slow down your metabolism.
False: Surprisingly, two recent studies from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition have shown that eating breakfast doesn’t affect metabolism. One study found that participants who ate breakfast didn’t lose any more weight than those who didn’t; another showed that a morning meal didn’t impact resting metabolic rates. So if you’re in a rush to get to the office, don’t beat yourself up if you couldn’t squeeze in breakfast!
Myth #6. Your metabolism drops drastically with age.
False: Your metabolism doesn’t shut down at 30. Weight gain over the years usually has more to do with inactive lifestyles. If you work out and build muscle, you can fight off those extra pounds.
So what does help support your metabolism in a healthy way? Matcha green tea is known to support metabolism, especially when combined with exercise. A small study showed that the amount of EGCG (the major antioxidant in green tea) in two cups of matcha boosted participants' fat-burning capabilities by 17 percent when they engaged in cycling exercise for 30 minutes.
In fact, the concentration of EGCG in matcha is 137 times greater than your average Chinese green tea. In addition, caffeine is known to have a synergistic effect with the catechins in matcha to further increase metabolism. Fortunately though, there is not enough caffeine in matcha to promote production and excretion of cortisol, the body’s stress and fat storage hormone!
RD, Janet Renee MS. "Matcha Tea for Weight Loss." LIVESTRONG.COM. Leaf Group, 31 Dec. 2015. Web. 18 June 2017.