What Role Does It Play in Your Weight and Your Health?
We all know that person…the brother-in-law who fills his plate at the holiday dinner—twice—and still looks like a toothpick. “It’s his metabolism,” we all agree, “he can eat all day and never gain a pound.” What is our metabolism? What part does it play in our weight and our health?
What Is Your Metabolism?
Your metabolism is like the engine for your body, burning the fuel you take in to keep your body moving. It’s going around the clock, even when you are sleeping, converting calories to energy, so that you can breathe, build and maintain cells, circulate blood and do all the other things necessary to keep you alive. Metabolism, however, is not fixed. Scientific studies have shown that each of us use calories differently—some of us burn them very quickly and others have what is considered to be a slow metabolism, where the body requires more time and energy to burn fuel. With the slower metabolism, it’s more difficult to take off or maintain weight.
What Factors Affect the Metabolism?
While scientists know that genetic makeup and age can have some effect on your metabolism, they have also discovered that there are things that you can do to recalibrate or reset your metabolism, so that you burn calories more efficiently and effectively:
- Changing your diet can change your metabolism—Certain foods have been shown to speed up your metabolism. In fact, the simple act of eating food typically causes your metabolism to increase, as you digest food and turn it into energy
- Some level of physical activity combined with the right foods can increase your metabolism—While exercise is not required to lose weight, the right types of physical activity, combined with the right types of food, can boost your metabolism.
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