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Does Intermittent Fasting Boost Metabolism?

We Asked an Expert If Intermittent Fasting Slows Down Your Metabolism — Here's What He Said

Does Intermittent Fasting Boost Metabolism?

People often generalize and oversimplify metabolism, but it's actually an extremely complex process. As a quick refresher, metabolism relates to how your body produces energy from fat, protein, and sugar/carbohydrates and how it stores that energy. You've probably heard people say they have a slow or fast metabolism, but what they're actually referring to is their metabolic rate: how much energy/calories they burn in a day.

Strength training and eating more protein and healthy fats are expert-approved ways to improve (aka speed up) your metabolic rate. To find out if eating patterns such as intermittent fasting improve or slow down your metabolic rate, POPSUGAR spoke to Avigdor Arad, PhD, RDN, CDE, director of the Mount Sinai PhysioLab.

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