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.
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.
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.
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