Understanding Metabolism and How It Affects Weight Gain and Weight Loss

Whether you are exploring weight loss surgery options or have packed on a few pounds because you are getting older, understanding how your body’s metabolism works and how it affects weight gain and weight loss are essential concepts you need to know. Generally speaking, metabolism is how fast our bodies burn the calories we eat and convert it into energy or store it away as fat.

Understanding Metabolism

Metabolic functions occur constantly, just like our heart beats, even while we sleep. This is called our resting metabolic rate. It is the amount of energy the body needs to just stay alive. For most people who stick to their recommended daily caloric intake, around sixty to eighty percent of calories are burned during resting states.

It is the other twenty to forty percent that can cause weight gain if we do not do some other physical activities. In cases where you are consuming more than your recommended daily caloric intake, the body cannot burn those calories, so it stores it away as fat; hence, weight gain.

In addition, as we get older, our metabolic rates start to slow down. To illustrate, think back to when you were a teenager in puberty, and you could consume as much food as you wanted and never put on any extra weight. This was because your body was expending energy to grow bones, teeth, and muscle, which burned more calories and increased your metabolism.

If you continue to eat like a teenager as you get older, your body no longer burns calories as fast because your body is essentially fully developed by the time you reach your early twenties. As a result, you start packing on the pounds.

In order to maintain a high-enough metabolic rate to prevent weight gain, you have to become more active as you get older. This does not mean you have to start lifting weights and build an excessive amount of muscle mass. It simply means you have to do more than you are now.

House cleaning chores, walking, playing with your kids, and other physical movements are simple activities that help burn calories. If you start incorporating twenty to thirty minutes of cardio and strength training three times a week into your schedule, this will help burn more calories because you are using your muscles.

Weight Gain and Weight Loss

Maintaining healthy muscles requires more energy, burns more calories, and increases our metabolism, which also helps burn fat and helps us start to lose weight. However, you do need to be careful about your dietary choices and caloric intake.

It can be tempting to cut your intake in half and start skipping meals. Both of these things could work against boosting your metabolism. Rather, you only need to cut out about 250 calories from your recommended daily intake and not skip meals, to safely lose a pound or two a week.

To learn more about metabolism or for assistance in losing weight safely, using either nonsurgical or surgical options, please feel free to contact 1st Choice Weight Loss in Houston at (281) 888-7767 today!

Disclaimer: This content is provided for general information purposes. All people should consult with their own primary care doctors prior to following the recommendations in any article, blog, post, or video featured on our website. Every person has individual needs and limitations that only his or her primary care physician is aware of.

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Mindless Eating: Why You Eat More Than You Realize

Mindless eating is the process of consuming food in much larger quantities and amounts on a regular basis. Part of the problem with this type of eating is it affects numerous people, even those who tend to stick to a healthier diet. Most mindless eating habits we develop have to do with our perceptions about our dining environments and access to food.

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For instance, if you have access to an all-you-can-eat buffet, you might tell yourself you will make one trip through the line and are done. Yet, because you can smell the wonderful aromas and foods on the buffet, even after one plate you are back in line getting more.

Which brings us to the second problem associated with mindless eating: If it is out of sight, we continue to eat. Using our buffet example, if your server is constantly clearing away your dirty plates, your mind lacks the visual cue to know how much you have already eaten. Instead, you keep getting back into line until your stomach finally lets you know it is overly full.

Had the server left your stack of used dishes to pile up on your table, your brain would have seen how many platefuls you had consumed and would have signaled it was time to stop after the second plate, instead of the 3 or more plates of food you consumed because they were being cleared away as you ate.

Furthermore, portion sizes and our perception of the food on the plate can encourage mindless eating behaviors. Do you know how much food a half-cup serving really is? You might be surprised if you measured out your food for your meals into the recommended serving sizes.

However, if you put the food on a big plate, it can look sparse. Your mind will play tricks on you and tell you that it only looks like a quarter cup, not a half cup. So, you pile on more food, even though you just measured it out.

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If the food had been measured out onto a smaller plate, so it appeared like the plate was overflowing, then our minds would translate this as being plenty of food. Using smaller plates and bowls greatly helps address some mindless eating habits.

When it comes to snacking in between meals, the same issues already discussed still apply. If you grab the family-size bag of chips and sit down and slowly eat it while watching an hour-long show, before you know it you will have consumed half the bag if not more. On the other hand, if you had taken a small bowl and counted out the recommended serving size, you would have stopped once the bowl was empty.

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Disclaimer: This content is provided for general information purposes. All people should consult with their own primary care doctors prior to following the recommendations in any article, blog, post, or video featured on our website. Each person has individual needs and limitations that only his or her primary care physician is aware of.