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Is My Metabolism Slow? Here’s the answer…

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confused-woman-420x0People who struggle to lose weight often blame a slow metabolism. However, numerous studies involving thousands of people worldwide have failed to find evidence to support the widely held belief that overweight people must have slower metabolic rates.

In fact, the opposite appears true: overweight people may actually have a higher metabolism than their leaner counterparts, reflecting the energy requirements of maintaining a larger body size. When you account for differences in body size and composition, there is a remarkable similarity in energy expenditure between individuals.

Research has also shown that people tend to eat more than they think they do. When asked to write down everything they’ve consumed in a day, many people tend to report eating far less than they actually do.

More often than not, the reason you’re putting on weight is not because of a slow metabolism, it’s because you’re eating and drinking more calories than you’re burning. It may be hard to accept, but staying on top of the number of calories you eat is key to losing weight and keeping it off.

Can losing weight too fast slow my metabolism?
Crash diets and other calorie-restricted diets can reduce your BMR. With some diets, your body is forced to break down muscle to use for energy. The lower your muscle mass, the slower your metabolism. With less muscle and a slower metabolism, it then becomes a lot easier to put body fat back on after coming off the diet.

What can I do to speed up my metabolism?
It is claimed that certain foods and drinks can boost your metabolism, including green tea, black coffee, spices and energy drinks. The evidence behind these claims is flimsy, the effect on your metabolism is marginal at best and each person will respond differently to each product.

While you don’t have much control over the speed of your metabolism, you can control how many calories you burn through your level of physical activity. The more active you are, the more calories you burn. In fact, some people who are said to have a fast metabolism are probably just more active — and maybe more fidgety — than others.  Source:  NHS.uk

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15 Comments

  1. Sara Kelly Keenan

    June 12, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Exercising people have the fastest metabolisms! When I was losing weight I ate 1400 cal per day. Now I eat and burn 3000.

  2. Debbie Estephan

    June 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I am sorry but I have to disagree with you about those people that never seem to gain weight because they are more active then people that do gain weight. In some cases this may be true, depending on the person. Every person is different and the body chemistry seems to be different in people that gain weight too easily then your average person. I believe for those persons that gain weight easily there is something that is off in their systems and is yet to be discovered what exactly that may be. There has been many assumptions but nothing yet has been true for some as of this moment. Yes, exercise is good for health and weight but for some they don’t have to exercise to stay slim but others, must or else. 🙂

  3. Valerie Nickerson Loveland

    June 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    If I don’t eat enough calories my body thinks it’s starving and hangs onto everything

  4. Valerie Nickerson Loveland

    June 10, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I have a fast metabolism. I’ve had to learn how to adjust everything for it

  5. Della And-Tony

    June 10, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Slim people have faster metabolisms. 😉

  6. Anna Laura Mayon

    March 20, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    True

  7. Debra Landis

    March 20, 2015 at 3:21 am

    True

  8. Romelia Vasquez

    March 19, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    i keep track of everything i eat

  9. Valerie Nickerson Loveland

    March 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I have to eat like an athlete to lose weight. Otherwise I hold onto everything I eat. Sounds like a fast metabolism to me

  10. Shay Matthews

    March 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I eat nothing and can barely drop a pund. My daughter (who’s in my current profile pic) snacks on junk all day, and as you can see, she’s thin as a rail smh. If I ate like my skinny friends and family, they’d have to airlift me like Shamu to the hospital from being so freakishly FAT!

  11. Carla Rocker-McGowan

    March 19, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    False

  12. Shiva Rocca-Noutash

    February 5, 2014 at 8:15 am

    A-men! Be accountable for your actions or lack there of… That is all lol

  13. Linda van Dijk

    February 5, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I’ve actually had my metabolic rate tested. It was so low it didn’t register.

  14. Adrienne McConnell Rearley

    February 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I fidget too much….people think I’m on crack lol

  15. Mirna Aguirre

    February 4, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I’m going to fidget more lol

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