What’s all this stuff about metabolism – how does it affect your weight?

Is there such a thing as a slow metabolism and can you speed up your metabolism to burn more calories?

Although your metabolism is linked to your weight, a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. In a nut shell, it’s about the amount & types of food and drink you consume and how active you are that ultimately determines how much you weigh. If you are overweight, it’s probably down to consuming more calories than your body can burn off. Of course, you may not be eating enough, and that’s a whole other story!

Your metabolism is a natural process, your body generally balances it to meet your individual needs. That’s why when you under eat, go hours without food, or try a restricted low calorie starvation diet, your body compensates by slowing down these bodily processes and conserving calories for survival. So you’re less likely to be burning the calories that you do take in, and less likely to lose weight.

This is why you should keep your body fuelled throughout the day. Feeding it smaller meals but more often will prevent your body from slowing down, you’ll feel fuller for longer & you’ll be burning more calories to boot! Click here to read: start your healthy eating plan today!

The word “Metabolism” is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells.

The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR) — what you might call metabolism. Several factors determine your individual basal metabolic rate:

  • Your body size and composition. The bodies of people who are larger or have more muscle burn up more calories, even at rest.
  • Your sex. Men usually have less body fat and more muscle than do women of the same age and weight, burning more calories.
  • Your age. As you get older, the amount of muscle tends to decrease and fat accounts for more of your weight, slowing down calorie burning.

Your basal metabolic rate accounts for about 60 to 75 percent of the calories you burn every day.

Processing the food you eat, digesting & transporting it also takes calories. This accounts for about 10 percent of the calories used each day.

Activity & exercise should then account for the rest of the calories your body burns each day.

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So, if having more muscle means you burn more calories and so does getting active, then doing both together has got to be a great way of getting & staying in shape!

Many people think working out with weights is just about toning up or they worry that it will make them too bulky. It’s offers so much more than that!

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