Today I would like to talk about a so-called “slow” metabolism. The term which is used often by people that are health conscious and surprisingly for many including me very often misused/completely wrong used since there is no such a notion.
According to M.D. (Mayo Clinic preventive medicine specialist) there is no such thing as slow metabolism. The specialist states that metabolism is the process by which one’s body converts what one eats and drinks into energy. Body needs energy for breathing, circulating blood and repairing cells. The number of calories that body uses is a basal metabolic rate (BMR). In fact, there are such factors as body size and composition, sex and age which are key for body fat gaining and losing. According to Mr. Hensrud, if one weights more or has more muscle mass he/she will burn more calories even at rest. Therefore overweight people are more likely to have a faster metabolic rate – not a slower one. Further, if one is a man, he will probably have less body fat and more muscle mass than does a woman of the same age, so more calories will be burned. In addition to this, as one gets older his/her muscle mass decreases which slows down the rate at which one burns calories. Rather than slow metabolism, there are other factors that have greater degree for weight gain contribution:
- Eating too many calories;
- Getting too little exercise;
- Certain medications;
- Unhealthy habits;
- Not enough sleep.
If one thinks he has a so-called “slow” metabolism he/she needs to visit a doctor who can determine the reason for weight gain.