How Metabolism Affects Weight Loss

What is Metabolism?

Everyone has heard the word metabolism, and most people think that skinnier people have a much higher metabolism and that’s why their thin, well its not quite so simple as that. Metabolism is the amount of energy or calories your body burns for it to maintain itself.

How Does Metbolism Work?


Your body constantly burns calories to keep you going, this means your burning calories when your sleeping, eating, cleaning and many other times throughout the day. The component that affects metabolism is the amount of muscle versus the amount of fat you have on your body. Muscle will use more calories to maintain itself than fat will. If you are more muscular and have a lower percentage of body fat then its likely you have a higher metabolism. After you eat your body breaks down all the components into energy so it can run different cellular processes. Molecules that are called enzymes, are released by your thyroid gland and pancreas, this process breaks down your food into amino acids, fatty acids and sugars. This energy becomes absorbed into your bloodstream and transformed to all the cells in your body, which helps run all the different processes. You can also measure your metabolism by measuring your basal metabolic rate (BMR) which shows how quickly your metabolism works when your resting.

Weight loss and Metabolism


Exercise is a key component when determining the rate which your metabolism works. Exercise helps to increase your metabolism because when you perform an activity your metabolism speeds up so it can burn enough energy to fuel your bodily movements. After you exercise your body remains elevated for the next 12 hours. Once you exercise your body looses excess fat and starts to gain more lean muscle mass, especially while you strength train, do resistant exercises and weight lifting.Some people have the thought in their mind eating a very low calorie diet will help them loose weight and fat. The problem with this is you might loose weight at first, but your metabolism will go into starvation mode and become much lower and when you start eating more calories at any time you will gain weight increasingly fast. This will make it very difficult to loose weight and keep the weight off. Make sure to remember its best to eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism up, if you wait 7 hours before your next meal, your metabolism lowers and enters starvation mode.

What can effect your metabolism?


When you get older your metabolism will naturally slow down, since your body looses lean muscle mass when your get older. This means your metabolism should decline 2% every decade after you reach the age of twenty.
Men have a higher metabolism because of more lean muscle mass.
Taller people have a higher metabolism, they have a greater surface area for their body to fuel. Taller people usually require more calories to stay energized and have a more active metabolism.
Your family history or genes can make a difference to your metabolism, some families have naturally a higher metabolism, while some have a lower metabolism. Sometimes this may have no effect on you at all, and you may have a different metabolism rate then your other family members.

Best workouts for raising your metabolism


I’m sure many of us are wanting to know what workouts are best to higher our metabolism and which exercise make the most difference. There are many simple home workouts that can raise your metabolism.  Cardio, which is a high intensity workout will raise your heart rate, burns the most calories and give the biggest short term metabolic boost. This will not have a permanent effect on your RMR but will make your metabolism higher. Likely 20 to 30 percent depending on the intensity of your workout. After you workout your metabolism lowers back to its resting level, but burns extra calories in the meantime. Weight training is the best thing to build and keep lean muscle. They have recently discovered each pound of muscle can raise your BMR by fifteen calories a day.

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Posted on May 23, 2011, in Articles and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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