The Facts about your Metabolism
Your metabolism is not an organ that you flex or workout, it is an intricate biological process that needs a bit more explanation to understand how it can best assist you with your weight loss goals.
Here are some facts about your metabolism to help you gain a better understanding of this intricate process:
- Most of the calories or energy that you burn, are from your resting metabolic rate. There are three primary ways your body burns energy each day: 1) the resting, or basal, metabolism 2) the energy used to break down food and 3) the energy used in physical activity. Physical activity, on the other hand, accounts for a tiny part of your total energy expenditure — about 10 to 30 percent.
- Each individual has a different resting metabolic rate. Comparing yourself to others is pointless. The amount of lean muscle and fat tissue in the body, age, sex and genetics all make a difference to the rate at which a person’s metabolism burns.
- Aging decreases metabolism. Interestingly the decrease in metabolism actually begins at the age of eighteen.
- You can speed up your metabolism. One of the variables that affect your resting metabolic rate is the amount of lean muscle you have. At any given weight, the more muscle on your body, and the less fat, the higher your metabolic rate. That’s because muscle uses a lot more energy than fat while at rest.
- Dieting can decrease your metabolism. As people lose weight, their basal metabolic rate decreases as well. Studies have shown that those who lose significant amounts of fat also see a decrease in the hunger hormone known as leptin; therefore, leaving them hungry all the time. The best way to prevent this is to refrain from yo-yo dieting.
In general, to keep you metabolism balanced, eating regularly such as every 2.5-3 hours, consuming a diet of whole foods in the major food groups and exercising regularly, will help to keep that fire burning regularly inside for years ahead!