Metabolism And Weight Loss

The process by which your body converts food into energy is your metabolism.  There are a few  different factors which determine your metabolism.  These factors are your age and sex, how many calories you consume and how physically active you are.

Some people think that fat people have a slow metabolism, while thin people have a higher metabolism and burn calories more rapidly.  This rationale is not entirely true.  The other factors mentioned above need to be taken into consideration.

Each person’s body is designed to run at a certain calorie level.  If you consume too many calories you will eventually gain weight.  For most adults the calorie level falls somewhere between a daily total of 1500 and 2500 calories.  Of course, calorie levels will change based on your age, gender and level of physical activity.  When you are trying to lose weight you need to decrease your calorie intake.  Usually men need more calories each day than women, unless the woman is pregnant or breast feeding

The rate at which your body burns the calories you consume is your metabolism.  If you consume more calories than needed and your body burns these calories more slowly you will gain weight.  It you consume some excess calories and your body burns them quickly you will maintain your current weight.

Your age and sex as well as your body composition determine your metabolism.  It your body contains more fat than muscle your body will burn calories slower.  If your body contains more muscle than fat then you will burn calories faster.

After pregnancy, usually a woman experiences excess accumulated and stored fat around the hips and breasts.  The excess accumulated fat may be the reason why it is hard to lose the pregnancy weight.

Another factor affecting metabolism is age.  As you age your metabolism slows down.  This slow down can lead to the dreaded middle age spread so many people experience.  To avoid the middle age spread problem you need to act to burn off those excess calories and jump start your metabolism.

The way you jump start your metabolism is to lower the number of calories you consume daily and increase the amount of exercise you are doing on a regular basis.  For maximum impact choose aerobic and weight lifting exercises.  Weight lifting will add muscle.  Aerobic exercise will burn fat.  Both types of exercise increase your metabolism which will help you to lose weight.

You do have some control over your metabolism.  Regular exercise has a great influence on your metabolism.  Even if your metabolism is slowing down because of your age or some other factor, you can boast the rate by exercising.

The secret to weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume.  When you decide to eat a healthy diet and to exercise regularly it is possible to lose weight.  As you add muscle to your body your metabolism will increase.  After all, keep in mind that muscle burns more calories than fat so your goal is to decrease some of your fat and  increase your muscle.

Be sure to consult with your health care professional before starting any new diet or exercise program.