How to Turn on Your Metabolism for Losing Weight

Losing weight is like solving a simple math equation. You should know how to balance variables by using what is given. Metabolism plays a major role in your weight loss endeavor so; you should be familiar with the processes that turn on metabolism so that you could lose weight effectively.

What Is Metabolism?

According to “Essential Genetics” by Daniel L. Hartl, “Metabolism is the chemical and physical processes of cells.” Hartl stated that metabolism include the biochemical reactions in the body, the breakdown of organic molecules, and the synthesis of small molecules into larger molecules, with the assistance of enzymes, and other essential substances.

In summary, metabolism is the breakdown and formation of substances in order for the body to function properly. If you correlate this to weight loss, then you would know what specific variable you should consider.

Here are different methods of turning the metabolism to lose weight

Stimulate the Digestive System

You can stimulate the digestive system in the morning, so that it is ready all day long to easily metabolize foods that you ingest during the day. This means that the food you eat in the morning would most likely be converted to energy than be stored as glycogen or triglyceride.

You can do this by eating your breakfast regularly. The saying that you should “breakfast like a King, lunch like a Queen and eat dinner like a pauper” has scientific basis. You spend more energy during the day than during the night because you perform more physical activities at daytime. It is at daytime also that the body utilizes additional energy coming from the breakdown of stored fats and ingested food.

Eat a well-balanced, modest breakfast, rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fats. If you do this daily, the body would be accustomed to the stimulus and would prepare the digestive system the whole day, utilizing food readily.

Most weight loss systems involve eating small meals during the rest of the day while forgoing supper. This is better because the body could metabolize small meals easily, but may not be able to process readily the huge workload that big meals bring.

Don’t Stuff Yourself before Going to Bed

During the night, the body tends to store calories because you don’t do much to spend the energy from the food that you eat. You are sedentary, so you usually gain weight if you stuff yourself with food before you go to sleep. The body could not metabolize your food into energy, so this is added into your pool of stored calories, which could lead to overweight and obesity.

You should be aware that calories taken in through food should be equal to the calories that you use. If you are already overweight, then allow your metabolism to help you lose weight, by taking in fewer calories than what is required for the day, so that the stored calories would be utilized in the process.

Low-Glycemic Foods

Metabolism of foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are beneficial to the body because these are low-glycemic foods. They don’t contain glucose, which is the major carbohydrate that is stored as glycogen. Glycogen and triglyceride are the main metabolized substances stored in the body causing overweight and eventual obesity.

The body would have difficulty metabolizing high-glycemic foods like fat and carbohydrate-rich foods like pasta, bread, and sweets. Although the body would work double-time to metabolize these foodstuffs, there’s only so much the body could accommodate.

Aid Your Metabolism with Proper Hydration (Water)

You could facilitate metabolism by hydrating yourself well. Water is essential for biochemical processes in the body to occur. Water nourishes the different cells in your system, and allow them to perform their physiologic functions properly. That’s why people could live longer when they have water, than when they have food alone.


  • The calories that you take in should not be higher than the calories that you spend.
  • Exercise can be done simultaneously to facilitate weight loss.
  • Consult your physician before undergoing weight loss programs.
  • Be consistent with your weight loss activities.
  • Monitor your weight to evaluate results.
  • Persevere, stick to your goal to obtain desired results.

[box type=”note”]These methods would enhance your metabolism helping you lose weight and let go of those unsightly deposits in your adipose tissues. After all, no one is responsible for your health and well-being except you, yourself. Act now, before it’s too late.[/box]


James McDonnel is a fitness blogger and loves sharing his insights. You can find what are the best rated diet food delivery programs ( that work and various weight loss methods.  He is an expert in healthy diets and he occasionally provides weight loss tips on popular blogs. James is an avid blogger who loves traveling around the world and learn new things from different cultures and he consider himself a citizen of the world.

One thought on “How to Turn on Your Metabolism for Losing Weight

  • December 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for this information very clearly explained.


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