We are going to talk a little bit today about how metabolism affects weight loss.
There are a lot of people out there that blame their weight gain on their slow metabolism.
However, most people don't actually know what type of metabolism they have and make assumptions based on how they THINK their body works.
Before we go any further, I recommend that you take the following quiz to find out for sure what type of metabolism you have. This will give a better understanding of how your body works.
Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss we often hear people say things like 'I can't lose weight my metabolism is too slow. It's harder for me'.
People use their metabolism as an excuse as to why they aren't reaching their weight loss goals.
There is no doubt that a person's metabolic rate can affect the speed at which they burn fuel for energy. However, with today's advances in nutritional knowledge, a person's metabolism should no longer be used as an excuse for not being able to lose weight.
To help you get a better understanding of how your metabolism affects weight loss, let's firstly look at what your metabolism actually is.
Metabolism or metabolic rate is defined as the series of chemical reactions in a living organism that create and break down energy necessary for life. More simply, it's the rate at which your body expends energy or burns calories.
A good way to view your metabolism is to think of it as your engine. Even when you are resting or sleeping your engine is always on and running. The amount of calories that it takes to sustain the speed of your engine determines how fast your metabolism is.
For example, if your engine is very fast then you'll need to consume a lot of calories to keep it running. However, if your engine runs at a slower speed then you'll need fewer calories to keep it running. This is why you see some people get away with scoffing their faces full of junk food without putting on a single pound.
Strictly speaking, there are three main types of metabolism. They can simply be broken down into fast, medium and slow oxidiser metabolisms.
- Fast oxidiser. If you have a fast oxidiser metabolism you will have a strong appetite and often find it hard to resist foods like potato chips, pretzels, crackers, olives, smoked or cured meats. People with fast oxidiser metabolisms burn protein and fats much easier than carbohydrates.
- Medium oxidiser. These types of metabolisms are a balance between fast and slow oxidisers. If you have this type of metabolism you can eat pretty much anything you want as long as you strike a good balance of nutrients.
- Slow oxidiser. People who have these types of metabolism do best on just a small amount of protein but plenty of fruit and vegetables. Slow oxidizers tend to have a poor appetite, a dislike for heavy proteins and fats, and low but steady energy levels. They also have difficulty with weight management.
You may at some point have come across different sources on the internet that have promised to show you the different ways to drastically boost your metabolism. If this sounds too good to be true then it's because it is.
Unfortunately, a lot of these reports are exaggerated. Your metabolism is partly genetic and largely outside of one's control. Whilst it is possible to speed up your metabolic rate, these metabolic boosts are pretty small in comparison.
Before starting a diet it's important to first know the type of metabolism that you have. Knowing this will help you choose the correct balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates to consume.
If you get this wrong your weight loss efforts will be hindered and you may well end up wasting time and energy.
A failed diet is often the result of an individual following a diet plan that is not tailored to their metabolic type.
For example, a person with a slow oxidiser metabolism would struggle on a keto diet (high protein). Too much protein just bogs them down meaning that they find it hard to stay on the diet. A low fat, low protein, high carb diet is essential to keeping their energy levels high.
On the opposite side fast oxidizers breakdown the nutrients in their food very quickly; as a result, glucose is released into the blood quickly. The carbs that are consumed are turned into energy immediately. The body will then store any excess carbs as fat.
So for a fast oxidizer, diets with high carb ratios can cause fatigue and carb cravings that promote fat storage.
In the next few days, I'll be sharing with you some information on how you to make little changes to your metabolic rate.
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