Can you really speed up your metabolism?

(WASHINGTON POST) February 3, 2020

Diet and exercise are all well and good, but what if you could also control your weight just by reading this article in a comfortable chair?

That’s the promise of dietary supplements and lifestyle hacks that claim to speed up your metabolism. These products and processes, it’s said, will increase your resting metabolic rate, and voilà, you can lose weight with less calorie counting and exercise.

Unfortunately, despite the hype, marketing and celebrity testimonials, ramping up your metabolism is mostly a myth. “To make a long story short, there is very little hope of changing your resting metabolic rate, because you’re fighting your biology,” says Eric Ravussin, director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

To understand why trying to speed up your metabolism is mostly a waste of time and money, let’s start with some physiological facts.