Metabolism is the process of converting food into energy to fuel body functions. While some people blame a lack of weight loss on a slow metabolism, the truth is more likely to be that the calories they are consuming outweigh their body’s needs.

Know Your Metabolism Facts

young women running outdoors to boost metabolism

MYTH: You Have No Control Over Your Metabolic Rate

FACT: You do! Staying fit is the best way as you use more energy when you have greater muscle mass—so exercising can boost y​our metabolism​. Put simply, the more you move about, the more calories you will burn. There are many different ways to burn more calories and you don’t have to be a gym bunny to keep fit. Singapore offers many indoor and outdoor options — see our A-Z​ for inspiration.

Do not skip meals as a way of trying to boost your metabolism

MYTH: Skipping Meals Increases Your Metabolism

FACT: Eating regular meals helps you manage a healthy weight. Our body, especially the brain, requires a regular supply of glucose from food to function effectively. When you go hungry and skip meals, your body may lower the rate at which it burns energy. When you do finally eat, your body will store as much energy as possible in case it is starved again. As well as causing you weight gain, you may also be so hungry that you will also have a tendency to overeat at your next meal. In the long run, such dietary habits of skipping meals may also lead to nutrient deficiencies.

Fruits and vegetables don’t increase metabolism but they are high-fibre and low-calorie.

Myth: Certain Foods Increase Metabolism Naturally

FACT: Studies have shown that certain foods like chillies will boost your metabolism, but only for a short period of time—and the temporary lift is insufficient to justify consuming additional calories.

The truth is that only exercise can improve metabolism naturally. Although fruit and vegetables​ don’t boost metabolism, incorporating more into your diet — particularly those which are high-fibre and low-calorie — will make you feel full longer on fewer calories.

Cereal for breakfast. Skipping breakfast will not boost metabolism

MYTH: Late Night Snacking Slows Down Metabolism

FACT: It doesn’t matter what time you eat; what’s important is how many calories you consume. If your total calorie intake is less than the number of calories you expend​, you can lose weight.

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Read these next:

1. Does Metabolism Matter in Weight Loss? Harvard Health Publishing. (2015, July 16). Retrieved June 2021 from