No, you don’t necessarily need to boost your metabolism in order to lose weight. There are a lot of things you can do to try to achieve significant, long-term weight loss. You can try a high protein, low-fat diet. You can try eliminating fried foods, sweets and pastries, and other calorie-dense foods. You can incorporate an exercise routine. Depending on your BMI you can even try weight loss medication. But you’ll only really lose weight if you take in less calories than you use. So the slower your metabolism, the less food you can eat, and the slower your weight loss might be. In other words, boosting your metabolism isn’t essential, but it’ll help.