We hear a lot about things we can do to boost our metabolism but how much of an impact do those actions really make? The majority of our metabolic rate comes from organ function and supporting our tissues. About 10% comes from the digestion of food (TEF) called the Thermic Effect of Food and 10-20% from our activity, depending on how active we are.

Rather than trying to boost or trick our metabolism into burning more than we eat or burn off what we shouldn’t have eaten, a more realistic approach is to eat in a way that allows our bodies to use our fat stores. Intermittent fasting and low carb eating, even just a few days a week, allows blood sugar and insulin to stay at low levels and create a window for fat to be released for fuel.

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