Metabolism and weight loss: How you burn calories
It’s true that metabolism is linked to weight. But contrary to common belief, slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. Although your metabolism influences your body\’s basic energy needs, how much you eat and drink along with how much physical activity you get are the things that ultimately determine your weight.
Metabolism and weight
It may be tempting to blame your metabolism for weight gain. But because metabolism is a natural process, your body has many mechanisms that regulate it to meet your individual needs. Only in rare cases do you get excessive weight gain from a medical problem that slows metabolism, such as Cushing’s syndrome or having an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
Unfortunately, weight gain is a complicated process. It’s likely a combination of genetic makeup, hormonal controls, diet composition, and the impact of the environment on your lifestyle, including sleep, physical activity, and stress.
All of these factors result in an imbalance in the energy equation. You gain weight when you eat more calories than you burn — or burn fewer calories than you eat.
While it is true that some people seem to be able to lose weight more quickly and more easily than others, EVERYONE loses weight when they burn up more calories than they eat. To lose weight, you need to create an energy deficit by eating fewer calories or increasing the number of calories you burn through physical activity, or both.
A closer look at physical activity and metabolism
While you don\’t have much control over the speed of your basal metabolism, you can control how many calories you burn through your level of physical activity. The more active you are, the more calories you burn. In fact, some people who are said to have a fast metabolism are probably just more active — and maybe fidget more — than others.
You can burn more calories with:
· Strength training. Experts recommend strength training exercises, such as weightlifting, at least three times a week. Strength training is important because it helps counteract muscle loss associated with aging. And since muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue does, muscle mass is a key factor in weight loss.
No magic bullet
There’s no easy way to lose weight. The foundation for weight loss continues to be based on physical activity and diet. Take in fewer calories than you burn, and you lose weight.
Knowledge about all of the mechanisms that impact appetite, food selection, and how your body processes and burns food is increasing.
My clients are not on diets unless they ask specifically. My clients lose weight on what I call Street Smart Nutrition. Its where I show you how to make good, better, and best choices.
Is your nutrition as effective as it could be? Do you know how to make good, better, and best food choices when you are out to eat?
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