Your weight most times indicate if you are healthy or not. Obesity is frowned at; excess fat is anti-social and unhealthy. But all these are down to how fast your body breaks down food and convert it into energy. This process is called metabolism. Not many people have it easy with this process. Products that contain caffeine and catechins, to some extent, such as tea brew, coffee beverages, soft drinks, ice cream and chocolate, as found in Nescafe, Coca Cola, Cadbury Mars, Twinnings and Mint Tea brands can hasten metabolism.
Let us help you understand metabolism a bit.
Metabolism is the process whereby our bodies convert what we have ingested into energy. In this process, calories from all that we have eaten is combined with oxygen to release the energy our bodies need for daily activities. The human body is always working – breathing, fixing hormone levels, repairing cells, etcetera. The calories needed to carry out these functions are called basal metabolic rate, also known as metabolism.
According to Mayo Clinic, the metabolic rate of any person depends on these:
- Body size and composition
People who are larger or have more muscle burn more calories, even at rest.
The greater your muscle mass,the more calories you burn.
Men usually have less body fat and more muscle than do women of the same age and weight, which means men burn more calories.
As one gets older, the amount of muscle tends to decrease and fat accounts for more of body weight, slowing down calorie burning.
Health line further adds more to the list:
4. Environmental temperature: When your body is exposed to cold, it needs to burn more calories to prevent your body temperature from falling
5. Physical activity: All body movements require calories. The more active you are, the more calories you’ll burn. Your metabolism will speed up accordingly.
6. Hormone disorders: Cushing’s syndrome and hypothyroidism slow down metabolic rate and increase your risk of weight gain.
However, as said earlier, experts believe moderate drinking of coffee and some other beverages and food that contain caffeine and catechins can help the body break down food faster. This is why the products mentioned may not be bad especially if you don’t exceed some prescribed limit like 1-2 cups a day.
Other factors that can boost metabolism apart from eating food that contain catechins and caffeine moderately, are: