Contrary to popular belief, experts say metabolism may not really affect your weight loss. Metabolism is the mechanism in which the body burns calories or energy . There are three measurable aspects of metabolism. Resting metabolism is the number of calories the body needs to maintain automatic functions such as cellular metabolism and breathing. Energy metabolism is the process in which the body breaks down nutrients and changes them into energy.
The process of metabolism works the same in each person but it is the rate of metabolism that differs in each individual. This is where basal metabolic rate (BMR) comes in, which is the rate your body burns calories while at rest. To get an idea of your BMR multiply your weight by 10. The calculated result is the number of calories your body needs to maintain your current weight. In other words, consistently consuming calories higher than that number will cause weight gain.
According to experts, metabolism does impact the body’s essential energy needs but it is the amount and quality of food and liquids consumed which has the greatest impact. Physical activity, or lack thereof, will also have a significant effect on weight loss. Experts suggests exercise is one of the best ways to influence the body’s metabolism, particularly as the body ages. Beginning at the age of 25 the ordinary inactive person’s metabolism may begin to wane as much as 10 percent every 10 years.
Several elements may influence an individual’s metabolism and weight loss including age, gender, body size and body composition. Though it may be easy and enticing to blame metabolism on weight gain, experts say metabolism is a normal and spontaneous process the body will generally normalize and equalize according to the needs of the individual. This is why it is essential according to experts to avoid starvation diets, because the body will compensate or penalize itself by slowing down or halting the metabolism. It is important to note, there are unique medical cases in which the metabolism may cause extreme weight gain because of an underactive thyroid, as you see in Cushing’s Syndrome.
Nutritionists also suggests improving metabolism and weight loss by alternating the type of food eaten every few days. This method “tricks” the body into burning more fat and in supporting adrenal glands experts say. An example of this would be eating complex carbohydrates such as pineapple and strawberries along with whole grains like oatmeal and quinoa for two days.
After the first two days the focus changes to eating lean protein, healthy, leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, and vegetables such as asparagus, celery, and cauliflower. Then finally on days five, six, and seven, nutritionists recommend combining healthy carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. At the end of the week start the process over. It is suggested carbohydrates be eaten early in the day so the body can use it as fuel and to always be mindful of portion sizes except when eating vegetables.
Most experts agree increasing metabolism assists in long-term weight loss and that diet and exercise are the best tools to assist in weight loss goals.
By: Wendy Waring