Can You Really Blame Your Weight on a Slow Metabolism?


Figurine Climbing the Metabolic Steps

Many people who weigh more than they should blame their weight problems on a slow metabolism. While it is true that your metabolism does have a bearing on how quickly or slowly you lose weight, the fact remains that you cannot blame excessive weight on a slow metabolism unless you have a medical problem such as Cushing's syndrome or hypothyroidism.

How much you weigh is determined by what you eat and drink every single day. If you are overweight, it is because you are eating the wrong foods, drinking unhealthy drinks and most likely not getting enough exercise. Eating right, drinking right and exercising right may not automatically give you a model's body but it will help you keep in shape so you are not packing on the pounds. Your age, genetic make-up and certain medications may make it easy to gain weight and/or hard to lose weight but it is extremely rare for someone to be obese while maintaining healthy exercise and dietary habits.

For Most People the Formula is the Same

The formula for weight loss is the same for everyone, across the board. You need to burn more calories than you consume. Thankfully, you do not need to starve yourself or exercise for hours on end to meet this criterion. However, you do need to pay attention to what you eat and make sure your meals and snacks are low in fat and high in nutritional value. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and whole grain foods while avoiding junk foods and processed foods.

If you are not in the habit of working out regularly, start exercising for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, three times a week. A healthy diet coupled with regular exercise will help you get in shape no matter how fast or slow your metabolism may be. To find out if hormonal imbalances are hurting to your weight loss efforts, contact the Metabolic Research Center for assistance. We've been helping clients lose weight and keep it off for more than 25 years.

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