Understanding Weight Management and Metabolism

  • November 11, 2017
Metablolism and weight loss

The weight loss industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. There are hundreds of types of supplements, fat loss powders, meal replacement shakes and more to offer quick and effortless weight loss. However, the basics of weight loss remain the same. Unless you have a great metabolism, it will be difficult to lose weight and avoid major health complications.

If you could take care of your metabolism, you will become healthier and weight loss will follow.

What is metabolism?

In simple terms, metabolism is the process that helps convert food into energy. If your body converts food into energy very slowly, you may always feel tired and feel hungry because you lack energy to perform any action. However, if we focus on the more precise definition of this process, then we need to learn a new term ‘Basal Metabolic Rate’ or BMR. Your body is always burning calories, whether you are walking, dancing, or even sleeping. This energy is needed to run basic functions of the body like breathing. The number of calories your body needs to perform these functions is called BMR.

What role does metabolism play in weight management?

Many people think that a faster metabolism will automatically lead to faster weight loss. However, this is only partially true. In medical conditions like Thyroid diseases and Cushing’s, a person’s BMR is directly related with weight gain. Otherwise, metabolism should not have a major effect on weight gain. The amount of weight you gain, the rate at which it happens and the body parts where you gain weight are determined by a complex combination of factors. Metabolism is only a small part of it. Hence, metabolic rates should be counted as primary measures of weight loss only by people who have suffering from these conditions.

Also note that you cannot magically control how many calories your body burns to perform its basic functions. In fact, you’re overeating or no eating should not have a large effect on the BMR, at least in the short run. Rapid weight gain or loss, however, could affect your metabolism.

Using metabolism for weight management

The best way to handle your metabolism is to include smaller daily activities in your routine that help you burn more calories. Simply eating six meals a day is not the best way to rev up your metabolism. Instead, you must be opting for aerobic exercises. They help you burn calories quickly, while also helping in losing weight sustainably.

Another way to raise your BMR is to ensure that you do not sit or lie down for long periods. Even while you are working, get up and walk around for 2 minutes every hour. This could bring your BMR up. These are small but significant things that could make major changes in your weight and your health. A healthier metabolism is the primary requisite for a healthy body. Note that most factors affecting BMR are outside your control. So, try to add little things in your lifestyle that make a difference and you should see efficient weight management soon. Health Focus has created several programs that has helped their clients manage weight successfully. If you are interested to learn more talk to one of our experts.

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