Losing weight is a complicated process that has to be dealt with using extreme prejudice, in order to get the most optimal results. One of the most important aspects that needs to be fully examined is metabolism, as it dictates just how much calories is burnt off at any given time. For a lot of people who are trying to lose weight, slow metabolic rate is what they need to combat, using various fitness regimens that are supposedly designed to induce faster weight loss.
In order to fully understand the relationship of metabolism and weight loss, it is necessary to take a closer look at the factors that may affect a person’s metabolic rate and the reasons why some people are just unable to lose any weight at all. Below are some of the most important facts that you need to know about the factors that affect metabolic rate and how to rectify certain problems concerning weight loss.
Metabolism and Heredity
Many scientific/clinical studies have ascertained that there are individuals who are genetically predisposed to retain more body fat and have a much slower metabolic rate. On the other hand, there are those whose metabolism is so rapid that they hardly gain any weight at all, regardless of how much food they consume. What is more important to know is that genetics does not only affect a person’s metabolic rate but also how fast he/she develops and retains fat cells which can cause weight gain.
Another factor that affects a person’s metabolism is age, which is something that no one can control. Several studies have been conducted on a group of people between the ages of 18-29 and 35-45, in an attempt to find out whether age is really a relevant factor in the process of weight loss. After 3 months of being on the same diet and physical activities, it was found that those beyond 40 years of age have shown significant signs of slow metabolic rate, so much so that they have gained almost 30% of their original body weight.
Those who are below 30 years of age have shown very little to almost no weight gain at all as their bodies continued to burn off calories at a very rapid rate. While the studies are not widely recognized due to its very limited scope and less than meticulous selection of subjects, they did provide a number of convincing answers to the questions regarding weight gain/loss and the relationship between metabolism and a person’s age.
The studies also suggest that people over 35 years of age need to be more conscious about their food consumption as well as the amount of physical exertion they do on a daily basis. Since there is no way to control aging, the next best thing is to adjust on certain lifestyle choices, particularly when it comes to diet and exercise.
Underlying Medical Conditions
Many people are not aware that there is so much than dieting and exercise when it comes to addressing slow metabolism. In order to pin point the real problem and before arriving at any type of solution, it is necessary to rule out possible medical conditions that may affect a person’s metabolism. Such conditions as hypothyroidism, diabetes (type 1 and 2), hypoglycemia, yeast infection, and hormonal imbalances can affect one’s metabolic rate and quite possibly cause excessive and/or unexplained weight gain.
It would be erroneous to assume that only those who eat too much and do not do any form of exercise suffer from slow metabolism since there are a number of valid medical illnesses that can cause it.
Is it Possible to Increase Metabolic Rate?
This question is one of the most baffling inquiries since people began battling with weight problems. The truth is that there are a number of ways to increase one’s metabolic rate, i.e. diet and exercise. However, it is more important to understand how much difference these solutions make as far as actual weight loss is concerned. Below are some of the most important information regarding diet and exercise and their effects on a person’s metabolism.
Low Calorie Diets and SlowMetabolism
Thousands, perhaps even millions of people are convinced that consuming a lot less food and, as a result, less calories will effectively increase their metabolism which would allow them to lose weight. While dieting is a valid weight loss plan, it is important to know that the body can immediately adjust to any and all changes that occurs within the system.
Consuming a lot less calories will not always necessarily result to weight reduction, primarily because the body will most certainly react accordingly by slowing down the process of metabolism even further. The human body always reacts to any stimulus in a way that protects its status quo. This should strongly suggest that dieting alone is not likely to make a person lose weight.
This should not be taken as an indictment of the dieting process because it still remains a necessary component of weight loss. However, dieting should be done in a manner that allows optimal results to occur. This should mean that dieting should be done in conjunction with other fitness components in order to counter the body’s reaction to reduced calorie intake.
Calorie Deficiency and Exercise
While dieting can further slow down your metabolism, it can also become an effective precursor to weight loss as long as it is combined with proper exercise. One of the most effective ways of combating slow metabolism is by creating severe calorie deficit, that is, burning off a lot more calories than you consume on a daily basis. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to get on a low calorie diet and engage in intense cardio workouts.
While your metabolic rate can slow down due to the lack of calorie intake, the body will also be forced to tap into other energy sources, i.e. fat reserves in order to cope with rigorous physical activities. Ideally, you should burn off at least 150% of the total calories you consume everyday in order to get the best possible results.
Metabolism is definitely the biggest factor that affects weight loss but it can be circumvented using effective methods. Understanding how you can use diet and exercise correctly is certainly the best weight loss plan there is.