Slow metabolisms

Your metabolism is, in basic terms, how much energy you use a day. It is dictated by the number of cells (the microscopic building blocks of life) in your body. For each cell to stay alive it will need to use energy, therefore the more cells you have, the greater your energy use each day. Many people (and professionals) believe that some people have slower metabolisms than others and therefore use less energy each day to perform the same tasks. Although this is true in a few circumstances (such as post-menopause and those with thyroid problems) for the most part, people’s metabolisms, at a cell level, are the same. But the myth still persists, leading to many people blaming their metabolism for their weight gain and not focussing on the real issue.

What really dictates how much energy you use every day is how many cells there are in your body, and more importantly how many muscle cells you have. Muscle cells are the furnaces of your body, using the most energy. This is because it is these cells that help you to move around and therefore do the most work. Even when resting they will use a lot of energy. This is the opposite to fat cells. As weight is gained few new fat cells are made. Instead the ones already there swell. On top of this they don’t need much energy, only a little bit to stay alive. We say muscle in metabolically active, whilst fat cells are inactive. Therefore, we can see if we have lots of muscle, we will use energy, but if we have lots of fat, we will use less. So, if we had two people of the same weight, but one was mostly muscle, the other carrying more fat, we can see how people might assume the one with more fat had a slower metabolism. Although this is true, it is not the cause of the weight gain, but the effect. If that person could magically swap the fat for muscle, their metabolisms would be more similar.

The problem can be confused slightly due to other factors such as age, height, gender and overall weight (it takes more energy to move a larger weight) but the principles above remain. But if it’s not a slow metabolism, what is causing weight gain? That’s hard to say without a thorough investigational into lifestyles and other factors but what we can be certain of is that a calorie deficit will result in weight loss.

NewWeigh products will support you in this as each product has 230 or fewer calories but will provide you with one third of you essential nutrients, making it easy for you to get into that calorie deficit whether you’re a muscle man or not. Try our Total Daily Energy Expenditure calculator BMI Calculator to see what your metabolism is and get on track for your most successful journey yet.

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