Your cells are continuously turning matter into energy that your body can use; that conversion process is what’s known as metabolism. Essentially, human metabolism is measured by how fast and efficiently your body burns the calories you eat every day. A body in homeostasis features a metabolism that works efficiently, providing the energy needed for healthy fitness and body mass index. Being overweight or underweight results in a lack of homeostasis in the body.
Fact #1: Personal Health and Genetics Can Influence Metabolism
If you have a family history of weight-related medical issues, or personal health issues, those problems can impact your metabolism. They can speed it up or slow it down, depending upon the kind of issue it is.
Fact #2: Body Weight Impacts Your Metabolism
If you’re already overweight, you may need a metabolism boost to lose weight. If you are underweight, you may have a fast metabolism that requires frequent smaller meals, high in nutrients and calories to add weight.
Fact #3: Sugar and Fat Intake Affect Your Metabolism
Sugars and fats, whether natural or processed, saturated or unsaturated, all have calories. Eating more calories than your metabolism needs to convert into energy, is a clear way to gain weight. Avoid saturated fats and foods high in processed sugars for proper weight management.
Fact #4: Exercise and Building Muscle Impact Metabolism
During physical exercise, our bodies require more energy for body performance (revving up the metabolism to meet the increased need). By increasing muscle mass and your exercise levels, the body’s metabolism will speed up to convert more food matter into energy (or burning stored fat for additional needs also).
Fact #5: Some Medical Conditions Can Effect Metabolism
Diabetes and thyroid problems can effect metabolism, speeding it up or slowing it down, thus leading to weight gain or even dramatic weight loss.
Fact #6: Some Natural Foods Can Increase Metabolism
In addition to increasing exercise and building muscle mass, there are also some foods you can eat that have been found effective in speeding up you metabolism. Try:
- Acai berry
- green tea
- apple cider vinegar
Fact #7: Diet Pills Can Influence Metabolism
Some diet/metabolism pills and supplements are able to successfully speed up your metabolism. However, some contain animal thyroid that often has unhealthy side effects like diarrhea, increased heart rate, excessive sweating, nervousness, tremors and bulging eyes. Others have caffeine and other substances that can make you jittery or effect your ability to sleep. Never take a supplement or diet pill without consulting your physician first.
Most experts agree that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, accompanied by healthy exercise, will help stablize the metabolism. However, if you have difficulty either gaining weight or losing weight, and you currently lead an active lifestyle (that includes healthy eating and exercise), it could be a sign of metabolism issues. Consult your personal physician to discuss medical testing that will eliminate those possibilities before making significant changes to your diet or exercise program.