Understanding Metabolism And It’s Role In Dieting

Introduction And Background

You have to have a good understanding of your body when you are working towards dieting. It actually helps a lot and you are more prepared in this manner. For example, if you know that strawberries are an excellent diet food and it also helps in cutting down weight, why wouldn’t you add it to your list of foods while losing weight? In the same manner, you should know about the essence and importance of metabolism and how closely it is related to dieting. Read on further to explore more and know more about metabolism and how it actually affects you and your entire weight loss process.

The Blame Game
There are so many times that you hear someone putting the blame of weight on their metabolic function. They are not wrong and they are neither making excuses. Sometimes it does happen. Haven’t you ever seen how some people can gain weight even if they don’t eat a lot while some eat like maniacs and there is not an inch of fat on their body? Well, it all has to do with metabolism. Now you might be more interested than ever, right?

What Is Metabolism?
By definition of metabolism, it is actually the process in which your body works to convert all the food you have eaten into energy. While some may think that energy is only required during exercise, your body is still alive and well when you are not exercising, isn’t it? You require energy for the minimal things too which you ignore every day such as breathing, growing, repairing and even stuff like blood pressure and sleeping. The energy required for this is referred to as your Basal Metabolic Rate, BMR for short. You might have heard this word a lot in the obesity circles because it is one of major concern. If you have a good BMR, it means your body is functioning fine and chances are less that you’ll gain any extra weight. If your BMR is low, that means you are in a little trouble. Metabolism plays a major role in dieting and helping you lose weight.

Factors Which Determine Metabolism
Not everyone has the same metabolic rate. There are some factors which affect it. Here they are which will again give you a better understanding of metabolism.

  • The size of your body matters a lot. If you have a larger body, that means you have more cells who crave energy and you will generally consume more energies at rest than a person who isn’t that…well, large.
  • Your gender matters too. It is a fact that men burn more calories than women because of muscle mass and hormonal differences. This means that they have a higher BMR than women.
  • Your age also plays a role. When you age, you lose your muscle mass and generally grow weaker. Your body does not require the same amount of energy it did as when you were young. Thus, your BMR is higher when you are of a lesser age and tends do decrease as you grow old.
  • Other factors which affect BMR, which you have some control over are the food you eat and how much physical activity you do daily. If you exercise a lot and are constantly in motion, your metabolic rate must be good. If you eat a lot and tend to stay lazy, well then you are on the road to obesity.

It’s Role In Dieting
This question has already been answered by all the information given above but to give you a review, metabolism plays a huge role in dieting. If your metabolic rate slows down while dieting, which it mostly does, you will be losing weight at a slower pace than in the start. This is why most diets have cheat days. The cheat day gets your metabolism back on track. It is true that some people lose weight faster than others and that is because of their metabolism. But then again, it is also true that if you are burning more calories than you are taking in, no matter what your metabolic rate, you will also lose weight. The rate at which you will might be uncertain though. Nonetheless, metabolism does play a role in dieting, one that greatly affects the speed at which you lose weight.

Conclusion
Hopefully, you have understood metabolism and how it affects your body and your weight loss plans. There are ways in which you can boost your metabolic rate. There are some vitamins which help you do it and there are some exercises which help you do it. The more active you are the higher metabolic rate you’ll have. They key is to maintain a good active lifestyle and you will be set for life!

 

 

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