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Will Eating Small Meals Increase Metabolism?

By Heather Topham Wood

Metabolism refers to the processes used to distribute nutrients throughout the body during digestion. Your metabolism will determine the amount of calories that you burn on a daily basis. Ideally, a faster metabolism can allow you to burn more calories and potentially lose weight. One method used to speed up the metabolism is to eat small and frequent meals.

  1. Eat five to six small meals throughout the day. Although it sounds counterproductive, eating frequently can actually rev up the metabolism. Each meal should be approximately 3 hours apart.

  2. Consume breakfast as one of your small meals. Give your metabolism a jump-start with eating breakfast, even if you only have a yogurt or a piece of fruit.

  3. Rely on foods that will fill you up and that are low in calories. Your small meals should be made up of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Some good foods to use in order to increase your metabolism are salmon, tuna, flounder, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, collard greens, asparagus, tomatoes and whole-grain bread.

  4. Measure your portions. Practice portion control to keep your meals small. One tip that you can try is to use a salad plate for meals instead of a dinner plate.

  5. Never skip a meal. If you want the small meals to sustain you as well as boost your metabolism, don’t make a habit of skipping meals. You may end up binging the next time you eat if you skip a meal.

  6. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drink a full glass of water with each small meal in order to keep your body sated and not overeat.

  7. Warnings

    Avoid eating late at night, even if it is a small meal. Your metabolism naturally slows down in the evening.

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