1. Weight Loss Gets Easier As You Get Older
When we lose weight our body fights back with the famine reaction. It literally increases your drive to eat and reduces metabolic rate. When a person is young they have a robust famine reaction so their body encourages them to eat more, but after the age of 55 the famine reaction becomes weaker, so older people can lose weight more easily.
2. You Can't Wreck Your Metabolism By Dieting
When you go on a diet your metabolic rate drops – because you lose weight and your body becomes smaller, you need less fuel to keep your energy levels up. Your body also mounts a famine reaction in response to the fact that you are eating less.But once you finish a weight-loss plan and then follow a weight-maintenance diet for awhile, your metabolic rate increases again.
3. Hot Flushes May Not Be A Sign Of Menopause
During menopause, your metabolic rate drops and your body needs less food but many women continue to eat the same amount. Your metabolism revs up to try and burn off these excess calories and this leads to a higher body temperature. Women often mistake this as a symptom of menopause but it may just be that you’re eating more than you need.
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4. Avoiding Obesity Is Critically Important
When you are physically active, fat is broken down in your body to supply your extra energy needs, and your metabolism works better because it isn’t overburdened by excess fat storage. When we carry excess fat our metabolism slows down and if you’re overweight your risk of developing diabetes is two to four times higher. After all, diabetes is a result of poor metabolism.
5. High-Intensity Interval Training Will Keep Your Metabolism Ticking
In HIIT your muscles get stronger and more efficient at burning and producing energy and this helps prevent your metabolism from becoming sluggish. The bursts if intense exercise condense your workout into a shorter time period but seem to produce similar benefits to regular low-to-moderate-intensity exercise.
6. Genes That Contribute To Obesity Don't Reduce Metabolic Rate
Research is discovering a number of genes that, if you have them, increase your likelihood of being heavier. These genes may account for a difference in body weight of 5 to 10 kg. But these genes don’t slow down metabolic rate or change it, instead that make us gain weight by increasing our drive to eat. So people with these genes will find it much harder to have a packet if chocolate biscuits in front of them and have only one.
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7. Don't Blame Your Thyroid Without Checking First
The thyroid gland plays a role in regulating metabolism. When your thyroid is under-active, your metabolism is slower and it’s easy to gain weight. But a lot of people blame their thyroid for their weight issues when it’s not a problem at all so check with your doctor first before jumping to conclusions.
8. The Type Of Food You Eat Changes Your Metabolic Rate
Foods rich in protein raise metabolic rate by 20 to 30 per cent because the body has to work harder to digest them. So one way of increasing metabolic rate and shifting weight is to eat more protein. Carbohydrates raise your metabolic rate by five to 10 per cent, while fats raise your metabolic rate up to five per cent.
9. Only Eat When You Are Hungry
The idea to eat small but frequent meals arose because of the theory that if you don’t eat enough your metabolic rate will drop. But when people are encouraged to eat little they often can end up eating more food than their body needs, so they gain weight. Only eat when you are truly hungry to get around this.
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10. A Dysfunctional Metabolism Leads To Obesity And Other Diseases
People think of obesity being linked to heart disease and diabetes but it’s also related to many different disease. Obese people have an increased risk of different types of cancer, too, and their metabolic health is poorer. So get your metabolism right and don’t put on weight.
(Text by Sarah Marinos, Good Health (Bauer) / Additional Reporting by Natalya Molok)