Amrita bhatia

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Metabolism and Weight Loss!

Metabolism and Weight Loss!

The word “Metabolism" must have popped up many times on your fitness journey. Many of us feel that the reason we can’t lose weight is our slow metabolism. For some others, no matter how many calories they cut, they still gain weight. It’s time we examined metabolism in some detail. What Is Metabolism? Metabolism is a complex biochemical process in our body that creates and breaks down energy necessary for life. It involves two main processes - breaking down food and transforming it into energy. This energy is then used by the body for performing basic functions such as breathing, growing and repairing cells etc. (Basal Metabolic Rate), for digesting the food we eat (Thermogenesis), and for performing physical activities. People tend to blame their metabolism for slow fat loss or weight gain. In reality, there are so many other factors that could be responsible such as your dieting history, medical history, quality of sleep, stress levels and hormones. Role of Metabolism Metabolism is important but to some extent, it is our genetic legacy. You must have seen some people who make losing weight look easy, while some others (like unlucky you) who still struggle with it. Lean people burn more calories since they are more active throughout the day which means that they’re burning hundreds of extra calories. Obese people are often sedentary, which means they aren’t burning as many calories throughout the day as people who are active. This makes it harder for them to lose weight. In general, people with higher metabolisms burn more calories at rest and during activity. Other factors that affect metabolism are diet history, medical history and lifestyle. Metabolism can be improved by changing your diet, workouts and lifestyle. The one constant that is true for everyone is that if your energy intake is more than your energy output, then your body will store excess energy in fat cells, no matter how fast or slow your metabolism. However, starvation is not the solution. Drastically cutting calories slows down the BMR, which means the calories burned over time reduces, making it difficult to lose weight. How Can You Improve Your Metabolism? The main thing you can do to improve your metabolism is to change your lifestyle. Stay around your maintenance calories, have adequate macronutrients in your diet, have lots of water, give your best during your workouts, stay active, increase NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Training) and most importantly, stay patient and consistent. The one thing that is always in our control is our levels of physical activity. Start moving more throughout the day. Small actions like taking the stairs and walking around more will help. It might take a few months as what has been spoiled for years cannot get fixed in just a few days. But gradually, your body will get adapted to this new lifestyle. Start eatbetter and slowly increase your calories. All this will improve your metabolism. Once that happens, you will start seeing changes. But yes, it takes time! Metabolism does influence your body's basic energy needs, but how much one eats and burns with physical activity are what will ultimately determine your weight. Keep working hard! As the old saying goes, “Karm kar, fal ki chinta mat kar!!”

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