5 Metabolism Myths You Should Stop Believing



To those of us not well-versed in the world of fitness and nutrition, metabolism is this strange enigma: It can go up; it can go down; it can be "revved." It's temperamental, apparently: We're told, through articles and social media, that you need to treat it well in order for it to function properly and help you maintain your weight (or lose pounds, if that's what you're after). But what even is it?

"Metabolism refers to the rate at which the body burns calories and converts what we consume into energy that is used to sustain bodily functions," explains celebrity nutritionist Charles Passler. "Basal metabolic rate is the number of calories required to fuel bodily functions at rest in a 24-hour period. When you multiply your BMR times your 'activity factor' (how much you exercise), you get a more precise picture of the calories you metabolise (or burn) on a daily basis."

This seems simple enough, but its fate isn't so cut-and-dry. While metabolism is a naturally occurring process, it's largely affected by our life choices, so essentially, we hold the key to a steady metabolism. But don't believe common assertions that it can be sped up by sipping trendy teas—in fact, there are several myths surrounding metabolism that we need to clear up. Allow us to explain…