“I can’t lose these last pounds because my metabolism is so slow.”
“I can eat whatever I want because I have a great metabolism.”
“My metabolism is just slow today.”
Whatever you’ve heard about metabolism, it almost always has to with weight. But does anyone actually understand what your metabolism does?
Your metabolism consists of a network of hormones and enzymes that convert food into energy and control how quickly that food is changed into energy. This is why people trying to lose weight may blame their metabolisms if they aren’t shedding the pounds as quickly as they’d hoped. A faster metabolism generally means that it is easier for your body to lose weight.
There are quite a few factors that affect your metabolic rate, such as age, sex, and muscle mass. Your metabolism rate naturally slows as you age, slowing 5 percent after you turn 40. Men tend to have a higher metabolic rate than women, and those with a high lean body mass (more muscle and less fat) also have a faster metabolism. Part of it is also just hereditary.
There are a lot of simple ways to boost your metabolism. Eating breakfast helps to jump start your metabolism, and eating often (small snacks) will keep your metabolic rate up all day. Exercise and staying hydrated also helps promote a faster metabolism.
Though your metabolism is an important factor, it is not the only thing that controls weight loss.
By Fiona O’Connor