Tag: increasing metabolism
Science therefore looked for ways to increase our metabolism. Of course, research showed that eating food increases metabolism! Therefore it made sense to modern science to advise eating smaller meals more often – as a way of keeping metabolism active! Now, this logic makes sense when you consider metabolism ‘in isolation’ – which modern science loves to do. However, remember ‘health advice’ like this (and fad diets like Adkins etc) generally come about from findings based on one narrow result – e.g metabolic rate/weight loss – they are almost never based on the fundamental laws of nature that support ‘all-round health’. So, while many people feel better on this ‘grazing’ regime, the improvement is due to the fact they are not overloading their digestion at any one time, not the fact they are eating ‘more regularly’.
* The practice of eating more regularly is not actually a ‘healthy’ one unless you are a COW (who have very different digestive tracts to humans) – or an athlete / labourer etc who can’t get enough calories in a standard number of meals. While it’s better than ‘over eating’ during 3 main meals, we mustn’t forget that our DIGESTION (digestive fire) is far more important for our overall health (and long term energy/ weight etc) than temporarily increasing our metabolic rate.
From the science of Maharishi Ayurveda, the universal laws that govern ‘optimal digestion’, like many other ‘natural laws’ for humans, are based on alternating ‘Rest & Activity’.
For our processing/metabolism of food to be optimal, we need to give our digestion a period of rest between meals.If we continually put bits of wood on a fire, the fire dies out – it’s only when we give the fire time to burn the wood, that it gets stronger. It’s the same with our digestion.
So the advice to eat smaller meals more often is half right. The ‘eating less’ is spot-on. However, eating more often for the sole purpose of increasing metabolism is a perversion of the intelligence of Nature – food is for nourishing the body, mind & senses, not for artificially manipulating one factor affecting weight management.
2. Generally stick to the ‘time-honoured’ 3-4 meals a day, but reduce the amount of food at these meals.
4. If you still need to stimulate metabolism, increase your activity levels rather than your number of meals.
Final Note – Speaking of Cows!!!