What is metabolism and how do you increase it?

The way you eat and how active you are play important roles in your metabolic rate. If you are on a weight loss journey or are just curious about how metabolism works, our team at Wisniewski Chiropractic is here to help. Take advantage of our nutritional counseling services and gain insight into what lifestyle changes need to be made to reach your goals!

What is metabolism?

Metabolism is the chemical reactions that happen in your body that help keep your body alive and functioning. Another role of metabolism is converting the nutrients that come from food into fuel or energy for your body. Your basal metabolic rate is the amount of calories that you burn at rest. The higher your basal metabolic rate is, the more calories you burn. There are different factors that play a role in your metabolism such as your age, sex, size and overall health. If you have goals to increase your metabolism or lose weight, there are ways to do so, but first, it starts with weight management and improving overall health. 

How to increase your metabolism?


Incorporating protein into your diet won’t only make you feel more full, but it will actually burn calories while digesting as well. The thermal effect of food (TEF) is higher in protein, as it requires around 20 to 30 percent of its energy to be digested for metabolism. When you add more protein to your diet, the risk of your metabolism dropping becomes lessened. 

Increase water intake

Avoiding sugar-filled drinks is a good first step to losing weight and increasing your metabolism. When you increase the amount of water you consume each day, it may temporarily speed up your metabolism. 

Weight lifting

Lifting weights is a great form of exercise when looking to increase your metabolism. When lifting weights, you gain and retain muscle while dropping metabolism to help aid in weight loss. Building muscle can increase your metabolism and the amount of calories you burn a day, including while resting. 


Not getting enough sleep can have a negative effect on your metabolism. When you don’t get your required amount of sleep, the amount of calories you would normally burn in a day is decreased. Increased blood sugar levels and insulin resistance can be affected, which can be linked to risks of Type 2 diabetes.

Nutrition counseling services

Metabolism plays an important role in our day-to-day lives; our nutrition counseling services can help you with your healthy lifestyle changes. Make an appointment at Wisniewski Chiropractic in Omaha, Nebraska. Contact us today!