Your metabolism does a lot of things for you, but how much do you really know about it? Well, there are some things about your metabolism that a lot of people don’t know, and here are a few facts to improve your knowledge and maybe even help you lose a few extra pounds!
Basal Metabolic Rate
Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is how much energy your body uses at rest, so it’s basically the energy expended for breathing, heartbeat, circulation and so on. Sure, you may already know that, but did you know that your BMR uses about 70% of your total energy outflow over the course of a day? Yeah, that’s pretty crazy! If you exercise, that only counts for about 20% (it can be more or less depending on how active you are) of the energy your use, and the rest is used by your body to digest and process the food you eat, also called the thermic effect of food.
What does this mean? Well, if you can increase how much energy you expend every, day then you can increase the rate of your metabolism! In other words, exercise!
Your genes certainly influence your body, including your metabolism, but most of the time it’s lifestyle as well as dietary choices that make you pack on the pounds, not your genetics. You may be genetically predisposed to carry more fat, but exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet can combat this, so don’t give up!
Crash Diets Crash Your Metabolism
Really, you should ditch the fad diets. Your body is fine-tuned machine and it’s pretty difficult to trick it. If you limit calories then your body will think its starving, so your metabolism will slow down in order to conserve energy and make sure that you survive. If your metabolism slows down, you can guess what happens next! You have to eat to lose weight!
Don’t Be a Couch Potato
It only takes about 30 minutes in the same position to hinder your metabolism. This is why sitting has become the new smoking in terms of impact on your health. If you sit in one position for a long time then your body’s ability to metabolize fat and sugar slows down and this raises your risk for heart disease. It’s also bad for you to sit for a long time because it can lead to back, neck and shoulder pain as well as arthritis. It can negatively impact your sex life, too, because sex hormone metabolism is affected. So, set a reminder on your computer or cell phone to get up every once in a while and move around! Your metabolism will thank you!
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