This Is What You Need to Do to Actually Have a "High Metabolism"



The inner workings of our bodies can often be a mystery—especially when there's so much conflicting information. Sometimes we find ourselves wondering what metabolism even is and why we're always trying to speed it up. "Our metabolisms are much more complicated than a 1+1 = 2 equation," says Farah Fahad, MS, RD, dietitian and founder of The Farah Effect. "People often think of metabolism in terms of just weight loss, but it's essentially how we break down the nutrients we are given (what we eat or supplement) and convert it to energy for the body to use." So a "good" or "speedy" metabolism just means your body is functioning in a healthy way—properly breaking down your food and using it to promote overall health.

That said, there are a few tried-and-true ways to keep your body's metabolism running smoothly, and they're backed by nutritionists and science. Below, we go into each one and why it works.