Published on 2019 May 16

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3 important facts about your metabolism that you should know. When it comes to dieting, exercise, and overall trying to lose weight and maintain your health, you might hear the word "metabolism" come up a lot. The metabolism is the process by which the human body turns the food you eat into the energy you can use, and plays an important role in managing your body's weight. However, not everyone understands how exactly human metabolism works, which can result in many people having misunderstandings and misconceptions about their own metabolisms.

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1. Is Metabolism Genetic? - 2:24
2. Can You Speed Up Your Metabolism? - 4:16
3. Does Your Metabolism Slow Down Over Time? - 6:52


1. Is Metabolism Genetic?
Many people are led to believe that the speed at which your metabolism runs is a genetic trait that each person is born with, and as a result, there’s nothing you can do to change it. This can potentially lead to a defeatist mentality among people who appear to have quote-unquote “slow” metabolisms: after all, if you struggle with weight loss due to a slow metabolism, what’s the point in trying to lose weight in the first place if your metabolism is going to be fighting you every step of the way?

The truth of the matter is this: while your metabolism is influenced in part by your genes, the biggest impact on your metabolism’s speed depends on your lifestyle choices: A.K.A diet and exercise.

Additionally, while a slow metabolism can indeed reduce the rate at which your body burns calories, it’s not the only thing to consider when it comes to managing your weight. In fact, a slow metabolism in its own is rarely the cause of weight gain; ultimately, diet and level of physical activity play the biggest role in that department as well.

2. Can you speed up your metabolism?
Now that we know how your metabolism functions, the next question on your mind is probably whether or not there’s anything you can do to speed up your metabolism and lose weight faster. The short answer is yes; however, some of the ways that people try to speed up their own metabolisms can sometimes be seen as misguided at best and actively hurting your weight loss progress at worst.

One popular misconception is that eating several smaller meals throughout the day, instead of three large meals, is better for your metabolism in the long run. While this idea has been held as true for a while, new evidence suggests that this meal plan might not be as beneficial as we originally thought; this is primarily due to the fact that eating more meals throughout the day means that you have to work extra hard when it comes to counting calories. According to Allen:

“A lot of times we tell people to eat five or six small meals a day, but there’s some research coming out saying maybe it’s better to eat two or three modest meals a day. When people hear they can eat five or six small meals they’re not eating small meals,”

3. Does Your Metabolism Slow Down Over Time?
While it is true that your metabolism slows down as you get older, the effects aren’t quite as immediate and sudden as people make it out to be. A lot of people seem to assume that as soon as your twenties are over, you can expect to hit a metabolic wall; in actuality, most people will start to notice a slowdown in their metabolism somewhere around their 50s. Because this coincides with menopause, women are likely to experience this slowdown the most, which can potentially lead to additional weight gain. However, nutritional experts suggest that you can still control your metabolism to an extent by maintaining the same positive lifestyle habits as you get older. In other words, while your metabolism does slow down over time, it doesn’t screech to a halt the way people sometimes expect it to.

With these questions answered, you hopefully now have a better understanding of how your body’s metabolism works, as well as the things you can do in order to keep your metabolism running smoothly and work towards your weight loss goals. While many people tend to blame their weight loss struggles on a slow metabolism, the truth of the matter is that there are still things you can do to give your metabolism a potential boost and work towards your ideal weight.

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