5 Fac­tors that af­fect me­tab­o­lism

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health Update -

1Body­compo­si­tion “This is a key fac­tor and you can in­flu­ence it,” says ex­er­cise science lec­turer Paul Hough. “The higher your mus­cle-to-fat ra­tio, the higher your BMR.”

2Gen­derMen tend to have a faster me­tab­o­lism, as they are nat­u­rally heav­ier with more mus­cle mass, less body fat and denser bones.

3Ge­nesMetabolism may be partly ge­net­i­cally de­ter­mined (eg: your genes af­fect your mus­cle size).

4AgeMetabolism tends to slow with age, be­cause we be­come less ac­tive and have more fat and less lean mus­cle mass.

5Hor­monesTh­ese help bal­ance your me­tab­o­lism. “Metabolic disor­ders, like un­der­ac­tive thy­roid, are fairly rare and they cause symp­toms like fa­tigue and constipation – not just weight gain,” says GP Dr Pixie Mckenna.

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