(HealthDay News) -- It seems some people can eat whatever they want and not gain an ounce, while others have to watch every nibble.
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Blame differences in metabolism, the process our bodies use to convert food to fuel. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sets the record straight on some popular misconceptions:
- Your genes have a lot to do with your metabolism, but you can influence the process. One way is to gain lean muscle mass, which requires burning more calories.
- There's no particular food that is guaranteed to increase metabolism. Spicy foods, green tea and others rumored to do so are not proven.
- The time of day that you eat does not affect metabolism. What's more important are the actual calories you consume, not eating them late at night.
- Adapting an extremely low-calorie diet does not kickstart metabolism. This type of diet can actually cause your body to use calories more sparingly, thus inhibiting weight loss.
-- Diana Kohnle
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