In order to fully understand the relationship between metabolism and eating, you need to first learn how the body uses food for energy and what causes your body to store unused energy in the form of fat.
Your body’s main concern is that of survival. As such, it seems to “understand” that one of the best ways to ensure survival is to always have energy reserves available for use.
The main way that your body conserves energy is by storing unused energy (calories) from your consumed food in the form of fat. By storing energy in your fat cells, your body is preparing for a time when food is not available to provide it the energy it needs to function.
In America today, there is hardly a shortage of food and the body rarely has to use its fat storage for energy. Consequently, many people living in America today are continually putting on vast amounts of body fat without ever taking any off.
However, there is good news. By manipulating the way you eat, you can “trick” your body into slowing down its fat storage process and increase your metabolism.
Your Body's Starvation Mode
Many studies have been performed in regards to fat storage on the human body. A common element observed in the human body’s fat storage process is that, if you do not provide usable energy (food) to your body frequently enough, it will store a much larger percentage of your consumed energy as fat.
As stated earlier, your body has the priority of survival and does everything it can to make sure it acheives this objective. Most Americans today eat 3 large meals (large relative to what your body actually needs) per day that are spaced about 5 hours apart.
If your body goes for an extended period of time without receiving energy in the form of consumed food, it enters what I like to call “starvation mode”. When the human body enters starvation mode, it is essentially doing everything it can to conserve energy in case it will have to function for an extended period of time without being provided with new sources of energy.
Once your body enters this energy conserving state, it will hoard as much energy as possible in the form of fat the next time you eat to help ensure that there will be usable energy in the event of another extended period of time without being fed.
Metabolism and eating studies indicate that the magic number when it comes to your body entering “starvation mode” is 4 hours. Once you have gone 4 hours or longer without eating, your body will increasingly conserve energy in the form of fat.
Eating To Fight Body Fat Naturally
As I noted above, the relationship between metabolism and eating is such that you can actually “trick” your body into slowing its fat storage process and increase your metabolism. By preventing your body from entering “starvation mode” you can ensure that your body will no longer store significant amounts of body fat, use more of the nutrients in the food you consume, and increase your metabolism.
Since 4 hours without eating will cause your body to enter “starvation mode”, your goal should be to eat every 2.5 – 3.5 hours. By eating every 2.5 – 3.5 hours, you will essentially be letting your body know that it can count on receiving new energy often and it will no longer feel the need to store energy in the form of fat for later use.
Another benefit of eating more often is that your body will actually begin using much more of the nutrients that you consume. Since your body will no longer feel as though it must store these nutrients for later, it will use a larger portion of the nutrients consumed for recovery, fighting off viruses, muscle building, etc.
Eating every 2.5 – 3.5 hours will discourage your body from storing fat, help your body to function more effectively, increase your ability to burn off unwanted body fat, and increase your metabolism.
Understanding this relationship between metabolism and eating will enable you to speed up your metabolism simply by regularly feeding your body.