Learn more about your body and lose weight effectively.
If you're looking to lose weight, it's important to be able to separate myth from fact when it comes to your metabolism. Here are a few things to know.
FACT: Several factors influence your metabolism.
Factors that play a part in determining your metabolism include your gender, age and body type. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate.
FACT: Eating too little can actually slow your metabolism.
If you severely limit your food intake in an attempt to lose weight, you may be surprised to learn how ineffective a strategy it is. Your body will actually reserve energy to maintain normal functioning instead of burning all the calories you consume.
FACT: Metabolism often slows with age.
Because people tend to lose muscle mass as they age, their metabolism tends to slow down.
FACT: A slow metabolism is rarely the cause of weight gain.
Weight gain, if not linked to a medical condition, is most commonly caused by eating too much and/or exercising too little.
FACT: While you can't speed up your metabolism, you can otherwise control the number of calories you burn.
Losing weight requires you to burn more calories than you consume. You can do so by watching what you eat, increasing your level of physical activity and building muscle mass. Find out how many calories you burn when you're inactive by calculating your BMR (basal metabolic rate).
To learn more about your metabolism and healthy weight loss, talk with your doctor. If you need to find a doctor, visit us online or call our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-665-TMCP (8627). For more information about surgical weight loss options, visit The Bariatric Surgery Institute online or call us at (972) 519-1552.