Metabolism and Weight Loss

The body’s metabolism has always gotten the brunt of the blame when comes to failure to lose weight. While metabolism may play a part in the process of losing weight, have you every wondered what the metabolism is and what exactly it does? Could your metabolism really be the blame? Is it possible to increase the metabolism to burn more calories?

While weight is linked to metabolism and has an effect on how your body uses energy, it isn’t to blame for weight gain. Your level of physical activity and the things that you eat play a bigger role in maintaining or losing weight.

What is Metabolism?

Your metabolism is the process in which the food you consume is converted into energy. This energy fuels basic functions of your body whether you resting or moving, such as blood circulation, breathing and cell repair. The basal metabolic rate is calculated from this expenditure process.

A few factors determine how efficient your body uses this metabolic energy (calculated using calories). The way your body is made (your size and composition), your age and whether your male or female all plays a role in determining how you use energy. In addition, physical activity and the quality of food you eat also determines your metabolic rate.

So, sure you could blame your metabolism for not being able to shed some pounds, but that wouldn’t be the full story. Some people, however, do experience metabolic slowdown due to certain diseases that have a direct effect on the body’s ability to regulate the metabolism. But that isn’t the case for everyone. It doesn’t change the fact that to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories that your body burns and/or increase your physical activity to be able to see an energy deficit which leads to weight loss.

 

Next: A Closer Look at Physical Activity and Metabolism

 

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