Let’s be honest, almost all of us want a faster metabolism. Having a faster metabolism will help us burn more calories during the day, and will ultimately make our lives easier when it comes to losing weight. With that being said, most people assume that if they have a slow metabolism that it’s going to stay that way, yet that doesn’t have to be the case. There are some things that we can do that will help speed up our metabolism and help us reach our weight loss goals sooner. I’m going to give you some tips on how we can speed up our metabolism, but before that, I’m going to go over ways our body uses energy so we can get a better understanding of that first.
Our body uses three different pathways to burn energy throughout the day. These three ways are through our basal metabolic rate (BMR), the thermic effect of food (TEF), and physical activity. Our basal metabolic rate is what most of us think about when we hear the word metabolism. This is the amount of energy that our body expends in a day while at rest, or in other words the energy it needs to properly function within a day. Our BMR can account for upwards of 60-80% of our total energy expenditure for the day. The thermic effect of food is simply the energy that is used to break down the foods we eat. So the more complex or nutrient-dense a food is, the more energy (aka calories) it will take to digest that food. As nice as this sounds for a way to bur