Metabolism is the process by which your body converts food into energy. Many people hold the belief that fat people have low metabolism rates and skinny people have high metabolism rates.
However, the process is not that simple.
Your metabolism depends on three separate factors, and how it works affects how much you weigh.
Metabolism is determined by the amount of calories you consume, factors such as age and sex, and how physically active you are.
If you consume too many calories, you will eventually gain weight.
Each human body is designed to run on a certain calorie amount. This can vary from person to person, but is between 1500 and 2500 calories for most adults. If you are trying to lose weight, it will be less.
I don’t endorse calories counting but encourage nutrient counting instead. More important than the number of calories is the quality of those calories. Furthermore empty calories lead to cravings and overeating.
Men generally need more calories per day than women, unless the woman is pregnant or breastfeeding.
The rate at which your body burns these calories is your metabolism; if you burn them more slowly, you’ll gain weight. If you burn through extra calories quickly, you’ll maintain your weight.
Factors such as age, body composition, and sex also determine metabolism.
If your body contains more muscle, your metabolism will be faster. If it contains more fat, your body will be slower.
For this reason, women’s metabolism often slows down after pregnancy. Excess fat is accumulated and stored on the hips and breasts.
After pregnancy, it can be harder to lose this weight. Age also affects your metabolism; as you age, your metabolism slows down.
This can lead to “middle age spread” if you don’t take action to burn those extra calories and kick your metabolism into high gear.
Your rate of physical activity greatly affects your metabolism.
This is good news; it means you have some control over the situation! If your metabolism is slowing down due to age, gender, or other factors, you can boost it by exercising.
When you choose to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, weight loss is possible. Your metabolism will increase as you add muscle to your body.
Remember; muscle burns more calories than fat!
To increase your metabolism, you may need to change the foods you’re consuming daily and up the amount of exercise you are doing.
Exercise is so beneficial to the body for reasons aside from weight loss but diet plays an even bigger role.
Choose body resistance exercises combined with a little cardio for maximum impact. Cardio burns fat, and weight training will add muscle. Both can greatly increase your metabolism, leading to healthy fat loss.
Your holistic nutritionist and dietitian, Prioshka Rodrigues