How much does your metabolism really play in the losing weight game? Are there larger factors that people want to ignore and think it’s their metabolism and they can’t do anything about it? Can you really increase your metabolism? I just recently had a career change from working in childcare with toddlers to working at a desk. If I gain weight am I going to blame my metabolism for not working as well if I keep eating the same foods, no. Why not?
Metabolim is linked to weight, but not the way most people think if it. You metabolism influences your body’s basic energy needs, the food your eat and your activity level ultimately determine how much you weigh.
Yes your metabolism converts food to energy. It’s a complex process combined with oxygen that releases the energy your body needs to function. These functions include, breathing, growing and repairing cells in your body, and circulation your blood. This all takes energy. The amount of calories your eat determine your metabolic rate which is what we call your metabolism. Anyone that has more muscle will burn more calories, even while they are sleeping. Men usually have less body fat and more muscle that women so men on average will burn more calories. As you age your muscle mass tends to lessen therefore, the number of calories your burn decreases.
Your metabolism or basal metabolic rate are determined by the food you consume and how the body processes the food. According to the Mayo Clinic the digesting, absorbing, transporting, and storing the food your consume also take calories. These calories account for approximately 10% of the calories used each day. So the body’s energy requirements to process your food isn’t easily changed and pretty much stays the same.
Physical activity accounts for the most calories burned throughout the day. Your body has to burn more calories if you run up the stairs, chase your dog, or walk than if you are sitting or sleeping.
So while many people want to blame their metabolism for their weight gain can they really? I think the body is processing the same about of calories to give your body the energy is needs to function and any weight gain is typically from overeating or not eating right. There isn’t a miracle pill to help you lose weight. Many products that claim to speed up your metabolism may cause undesirable or dangerous side effects. Dietary supplements are not required by the FDA to prove they are safe or effective.
Losing weight comes down to physical activity and exercise. Take in fewer calories that your burn will create a calorie deficit and you will lose weight. So back to what I was saying earlier. Am I going to blame any weight gain from my career change on my metabolism. No, because I know I will not be as active at a desk job than I was in child care. So what am I doing to help prevent the weight gain? I am watching what I feed my body. I am counting calories and trying to eat balanced meals consisting of proteins, fruits, vegetables, and grains as well as being more active. I take the stairs at work instead of the elevator, and I workout at home in the morning before going to work. Working out in the morning helps give me an energy boost and puts me in a good mood.