Can you boost your metabolism?
Your metabolism is the internal processes that your body uses to expend energy and to burn calories.
The total amount of calories (Kcal) your body uses in a day is called the Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE).
There are four different components to your TDEE
1. Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) this is by far the largest proportion of calories used and is the amount of calories your body uses at rest e.g. breathing and lying down. BMR you have little control over and if you lose weight this amount becomes smaller.
2. Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (EAT) this is the amount of calories used by intentionally exercising. This again may be increased by adding in more exercise into your day.
3. Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) this the amount of calories used by general activity and movement throughout the day. This is often not considered by many people but if you keep active and walk around more as well as using the stairs instead of the lift, park further away from your destination may add in more calories to your day.
4. Thermic Effect of Food (TEF) this is the amount of calories used by digesting food. Eating whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and whole grains will burn far more calories in a day than those used by eating ultra-processed foods.