How Does Metabolism Effect Your Weight Loss?

Metabolism At A Glance

Metabolism is the process your body uses to create energy (calories) from the food you eat. Your body uses calories to fuel every activity.  Calories are  used when your body is at rest, and  calories are used while you are active. Metabolism regulates the distribution of calories, and stores any excess energy as fat.

Eat Well

  • Exercise

  • Food

  • Temperature

  • The amount of fat and muscle in your body

  • Your basal metabolic rate BMR

influence the rate you burn calories. When you consume more calories than you use, you gain weight. When you burn more calories than you take in, you lose weight.

What is Basal Metabolic Rate BMR?

The basal metabolic rate is the energy used by your body when it is resting. Breathing, circulation, and other bodily functions consume about two thirds of your energy. Your BMR could be influenced by a number of factors:

Your body size and composition.

A larger body consumes more calories for its maintenance. When your body's composition is made up of more muscle and less fat, your BMR will increase since muscle consumes more calories.

Your age has an effect on your BMR.

With age, our metabolic rate slows down. Your muscle mass decreases and your BMR goes down. Differences in your hormone levels and genetic profile influence your BMR. You have your own personal rate for consuming and storing energy. In addition, glucose levels and the way they are distributed throughout your body will influence your BMR.

Can you increase your metabolic rate?

Watch what you eat,  start exercising regularly, and you will raise your metabolic rate. How much it will increase and for how long depends on you. Exercise will strengthen your muscles and increase their mass, and will speed up your metabolic rate.

Eat 6 small meals during the day instead of 3 big meals.

Your body will receive a regular flow of calories. You will not feel the need to conserve energy, and your metabolic rate will increase. If you skip meals or fast, your body will act as if it's in crisis. It will conserve energy by slowing down your metabolic speed.


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