Strive for an Imbalance in Your Energy Equation
Metabolism does play a role in why you might or might not lose weight as fast as you would like. However, it is not the only factor that affects your ability to stay fit, and you can make lifestyle adjustments to increase your body’s ability to burn fat.
Your body has what is called a “basal metabolism rate.” This accounts for about 70 percent of the calories you consume every day, which according to the Mayo Clinic is up to 800 calories of the food you eat. However, many other factors such as the types of foods you eat, how often you exercise, existing health problems, and sleep patterns or stress affect how fast you lose weight.
Medications and changes of life also can cause hormonal imbalances that affect your ability to shed unwanted pounds. However, you almost can never go wrong as long as you eat a variety of whole foods and take metabolism-boosting supplements. In the process, losing weight always happens when you burn more calories than you consume.
In addition to eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly is one way to jumpstart your metabolism. Furthermore, making sure you sleep enough and eating the right foods at the right times of the day also helps you lose weight. For instance, you would be better off eating low-sugar yogurt with blueberries or bananas in it in the morning instead of a donut or pastry.
It also might interest you to know that your metabolism rate is affected by the muscle-to-fat body ratio. This is one reason why making sure you eat foods that do not store fat on your body. Eating the right foods along with physical activity contributes to losing pounds and maintaining a healthy weight.
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