Having an efficiently running metabolism is important for everyone. For people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, this is even more essential. But what exactly is a metabolism rate? This refers to the amount of calories the body requires in order to perform its various functions. This rate can vary from person to person. Age can even affect this rate. It’s important to have a “good” metabolism because it means your body is using energy more efficiently.
So, what is the correct and safe way to maximize your metabolism? There are actually quite a few actions you can take:
1. Start your day with breakfast. Just like you have heard for most of your life, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Because it sets up your metabolism rate for the rest of your day. The best breakfast should be a balanced one and include:
- protein that is low in fat, and
- preferably some fruit.
Some people mistakenly believe they can help themselves lose weight by skipping breakfast. In their eyes, taking in fewer calories should promote weight loss, right? Well, not exactly. Not only does skipping breakfast cause your body to hold onto your stored fat even more tightly, but it causes unnecessary stress to your body and your blood sugar.
Denying food to a body that has already been fasting for at least the last 12 hours, is not only bad for you… it can be dangerous.
2. Plan your meals accordingly. Instead of eating three large meals, it’s much more beneficial for your body and especially your blood sugar, to space your food out into five or six smaller meals.
Think of your body as a fireplace. When you load up a fireplace with stacks of wood, the fire burns extra brightly for a short while and then, suddenly, the fire dies down considerably until you add more fuel. Your body is designed in like fashion. A large meal will provide you with a boost of sudden energy but, once that boost is expended, your body will subsequently crash until you eat more food. Feeding your body smaller meals, spaced accordingly, will give it a constant supply of fuel with very little, if any, dips in energy.
One last thing about meals: never skip one. Many Type 2 diabetics tend to skip meals and snacks when they don’t really feel hungry. Unfortunately, your hunger pains are not a reliable indication of the level of your blood sugar. Eat at the times your doctor or dietitian has suggested for you, whether you feel hungry or not. This will ensure a reasonably even level of blood sugar.