Work your body with our metabolism guide.
Everything that you consume, be it food or drinks, contains calories a.k.a the word ladies dread to hear. A pretty complicated process then takes place inside you where these calories merge with oxygen to give your body the energy that it needs. This process is what we call metabolism. And based on certain factors, each individual ’s resting metabolic rate (RMR), otherwise known as the rate of how fast your body burns off these calories at any given time, differs.
WHAT AFFECTS IT?
The three most prominent factors that control your metabolic rates are age, gender, and the type of activities you do.
Age Mitochondria are the components that convert nutrients absorbed from what you consume into energy. And as you age, this tiny member of each cell slows down progressively, which is why what you eat at the age of 20 can be burnt off a lot faster than it will be when you are 40 years old.
Gender This is completely unfair but it remains the sad truth that men burn calories a lot easier than women. This is because a woman’s body is made up of less muscle and lighter bones but with more fat to accommodate our birthing abilities. Men, on the other hand, have more muscle, heavier bones, and lesser fat, which allows them to have a higher RMR.
Activity Unlike the other two factors, physical activity is something that everyone has control over. The more active you are, the more energy your body requires and thus more calories are burnt off at a higher pace to accommodate your body’s needs.
Some of the usual things that you love to do on a frequent basis may contribute to a decrease in your body’s RMR rate.
Just Eat Cutting short the right amount of food your body needs will seriously hinder your journey to a fit body. When you starve yourself, your body thinks that it needs to go into selfpreservation mode. It begins storing as much fat as it can, which means your RMR rate starts decreasing too. This is bad news because excess fat isn’t being converted into energy; they’re being converted into jiggles – the unwanted kind!
Alcohol Overload As happily inebriated as it gets you, alcohol contributes zero value to your body. When alcohol hits your system, your body makes it a priority to metabolise it first. Imagine having a classy combo of
fries with cheese and a glass of wine – your body gives full attention to burning off calories from the latter which means it’s not working hard enough to convert the fat you indulged from the cheese and fries. All the excess fat, once accumulated, turns your much-loved abs to flab.
Starch White Here’s a simple rule to remember – almost anything that is white, starchy and refined is not the best meal option for you. Refined meals are easily digested, which makes your system do less work in turning what you eat into energy. So switch it up with foods like oats, brown rice and wholemeal that require more work in order to get processed.
INCREASE THAT RATE
There’s yin and yang to everything and that applies to your body’s metabolic rate too! Here’s what you can do to pick that rate up. Work It The best option to get your body’s metabolic rate up is, and always will be, exercising. If going to the gym sounds bland, pick up something fun like kickboxing, or dance lessons. Add consistency and boom! Your body will become a lean, mean, calorie-busting machine.
Chilli Crazy Spicy food will do your metabolic rate a favour. Why? Capsaicin in chilli cranks up your body’s rate to burn 50 calories more than its usual amount.
Hit snooze! That’s right – we’re telling you to sleep more to lose weight (only if you’re getting less than what your body needs though!).
BMR vs RMR
RATE (BMR) BASAL METABOLIC THE NUMBER OF CALORIES YOUR BODY BURNS FOR TIONS. BASIC BODILY FUNC
RATE (RMR) RESTING METABOLIC
YOU BURN THE NUMBER OF CALORIES FOR BASIC BODILY FUNCTIONS PLUS
Y YOU DO. EVERY OTHER ACTIVIT