Are you trying to get into better shape, but are frustrated to keep returning to the scale only to see that little progress has been made? When you’ve tried every new diet, and bought every book, loosing those pesky pounds can seem impossible sometimes. It might be something other than diet that’s keeping that extra weight on. If any of that sounds like your situation, then it could be your metabolism. Let’s explore your metabolism’s role in keeping you healthy and losing weight.
What Is the Metabolism
Metabolism is the name given to the chemical procedure carried out by the body when it converts the food you eat or the fat that your body has stored into energy. Even if you are lying very still, the body requires and energy source to keep all its involuntary functions going.
Every process in the body, including thinking will burn calories. It is a small cost but it biological terms, it counts. This is particularly true during sleep, when the body is making all of the repairs and replacing cells that have become too damaged or weak to go on. During these rest periods, the food or fat your body has collected is converted into their most basic parts to be used to nourish the body and build new cells. In general, the number of calories that it takes to make this happen, is called the metabolic rate.
There are several factors that play a major role in dictating how many calories it will take to keep body functions moving and make it possible for you to repair cells. Age is a major factor to consider in metabolism. When people get older, the metabolism tends to slow down. That is why older women tend to gain weight quicker than their younger counterparts. Staying active is essential as we age in order to keep the metabolic rate in check.
A slower metabolism means that the body won’t quickly burn calories or metabolize the fats stores in your body. This is why it is easy to end up gaining a few inches over time. The higher your metabolism, the more calories the you will burn and the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off. High metabolism can also increase energy and make you feel better.
Increase Your Protein
One way to speed up your metabolism is to make sure you are eating healthy proteins during your meals. According to healthline.com, eating protein has been shown to help you feel more full and prevent you from overeating. It also increases your metabolic rate by 15–30%, compared to 5–10% for carbs and 0–3% for fats.
Remember that you know your body the best. It is important to find what works for you and understand that we are all individuals. When you make small changes, observe how you body reacts and feels, then adjust your direction from there. Small changes can add up over time and give you the results that you want.