Have you heard about metabolism and the connection it has to your weight? Many people have and are looking for ways to boost their metabolism in order to lose weight. In fact with Americans being as overweight as they seem to be these days its no wonder so many people are interested in going on diets and losing weight. Much talk is circulating about slow metabolisms being to blame for weight gain and metabolism is getting a bum rap over it all. Metabolism is just one of the factors involved in whether you gain or lose weight. Your metabolic rate is a good number to know so that you are aware of how many calories you should be taking in each day, and so it is good to understand metabolism and how to make the most of your own metabolic rate. How exactly do you make the most of your metabolism?
Your metabolism is actually a very complex combination of hormones and enzymes that have the job of converting the food that we consume into fuel that the body needs to function. Metabolism has an affect on how efficiently a person burns the fuel. The process of metabolism is what establishes the rate at which we burn the calories that we consume and that in turn dictates just how quickly or slowly we gain or lose weight. Not everyone is going to burn calories at the same rate because we all have different factors such as age, gender, weight and height that go into the formula for our metabolic rate. Your age has a lot to do with your metabolism because as we get older (40 years of age and more) we experience a slow down of about 5% per decade in our metabolism. Sex also has a lot to do with our metabolism because males on average burn more calories when they are at rest than women do because of their proportion of lean body mass (the more muscle you have). The higher your amount of lean muscle mass the higher your metabolism is. Heredity can also have something to do with your metabolism because some people just seem to burn calories faster and it appears to be the same in other family members.
One reason that can cause a slow metabolism is if you have a thyroid defect, although it is rare for this to happen.
Did you know that the more you weight the faster your metabolism is? It is true!
Some of the factors mentioned above you have no control over and cannot change them. You cannot change your sex, or your age or even your height or heredity! You can however change your weight. This is why weight management is such a hot topic today. There is a huge difference between how muscle burns calories and how fat burns calories. In our bodies, for every pound of muscle we have, we burn 35 calories each day and for every pound of fat we have on our body, we burn 2 calories a day. This is why people who have lots of lean muscle mass can eat more than someone with a lot of fat on their bodies and still gain less weight.