Understanding metabolism

Huge effort without results, is that the reason why you’re still gaining weight?

Metabolism might be something you blame if your weight loss plan isn’t going as it should, right? If your metabolism is slow, you’ll be tempted to blame it and your genetics for the lack of your results. But, there’s a good side to this. You can do a lot of things to improve your metabolic rate, and there are very rare cases that weight gain from medical problems slows down the metabolism, so that’s a good sign. Although some of the factors that make up your metabolic rate can not be changed, there are many ways and methods to maximize it; through exercise and good dietary guidelines.

Metabolism refers to a mixture of processes that the body needs to have in order to function. An amount of energy that’s expressed in calories which a person’s body needs to function well at rest is referred to as a Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR for short). Some of the most common processes include breathing, cell growth, and blood circulation. Basal metabolic rate is something that affects the rate that a person burns calories, which leads to you gaining, maintaining, or losing weight. It accounts for up to 70% of the calories you burn through an entire day, and it’s influenced by some factors like your body composition, age, weight, and gender.

Here is BMR chart, that shows dependence between height and weight


Exercising well can ideally increase both your metabolism and its BMR. The reason why is that muscles burn calories more efficiently than fat; the higher your metabolism is, the more muscle you’ll have compared to the fat.

Your metabolism also depends on the food you eat, so keep that in mind as well, but before you go into unknown territory, or if you’re just concerned about your weight and your metabolism, please visit your doctor.

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