What you can do to boost your metabolism

The word metabolism gets thrown around a lot, especially when talking about weight loss. I'm sure everyone has heard the saying

"Boost your metabolism and you'll speed up your weight loss"

But does that actually work?

Firstly, what actually is your metabolism?

Your metabolism is basically the energy that you need and use everyday to keep yourself alive and breathing. It is affected by many things such as the amount of physical activity that you do, gender, age, hormone function, muscle mass and fat percentage. In other words your metabolism is your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) which consists of 3 main parts.

1. The thermic effect of food - This accounts for roughly 20% of how much energy you burn every day. This is the energy it takes to digest all t