I’m sure you’ve heard it time and time again that to lose weight you must eat less and exercise more but the truth is that it’s more complicated than that. Here I hope to help you understand more about your metabolism and weight loss. What your metabolism means and how it affects weight loss and or gain.
A person’s metabolism and weight loss is contingent upon a few different factors and can vary from person to person.
Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy that your body needs to function.
So now let’s think about all the things you do during the day and night that requires energy, i.e. everything. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its “hidden” functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells. The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate — what you might call metabolism.
There are various factors that affect your metabolism and weight loss, and will contribute to your energy expenditure which will dictate how you burn calories. Those things are:
There is some evidence that yo-yo dieting can slow your metabolism, which could be why some of those I’ve worked with over the years have a harder time losing much weight. They spent years going from one fad diet to another with little short term success but never long term. Eating very few calories and when the diet ends, the body fights to put the weight back on due to the short term deprivation and or starvation.
There are also other factors that affect metabolism and weight loss such as;
So you can see how weight loss is a complicated issue and not as simple as eating less and exercising more. It is about burning more calories than you use, yes, however the process to do that is not simply about the food you eat. It’s a lot of factors as mentioned above.
You can’t control how your body burns energy however you can try to burn more calories by being more active throughout your day including, simply fidgeting. Having a sedentary lifestyle decreases energy expenditure and calories that are burned or used up. Having a movement mindset rather than a sedentary one helps to burn more energy during the day and maintain a healthy weight. Those that are said to have a “fast” metabolism most likely just move more during the day and on the flip side those that have a “slow” one don’t move much. Watch people sometime and you can see those that walk fast tend to have a healthier weight whereas those that walk really slow or move slow tend to have more weight on them or be overweight. Some of the ways to help your metabolism with exercise are as follows:
So, as you can see here there are many factors that contribute to metabolism and weight loss. Again, I will reiterate that it’s not simply a matter of eating less and exercising more the way you may think it is. Stress, sleep, exercise, genetics, hormonal function, age, and gender all play a role in how you burn energy/calories. Change your lifestyle and habits and stop trying to find the next fad diet or extreme exercise program. It’s more about the daily smaller steps that will create the long term results you crave.