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Metabolism is a biological phenomenon that converts whatever food we intake into suitable energy. A good metabolic rate indeed affects the body weight, but it is not the only factor on which our weight gain/weight loss depends.

Everyone at some point or another has blamed their slow metabolism for weighing few extra pounds. It is not true. Slow metabolism hardly affects our body weight. Rather, it affects our energy needs. Weighing more is mostly dependent on what kinds of food are we are eating and how much physical activity are we involved in.

Everybody has different metabolic rates. So, no matter what kind of food or beverage we intake, it will be metabolized at the same rate to provide us energy to carry out our day to day life chores. It is on us, what kind of food we choose to intake that will provide us adequate energy. Because energy is not only needed to carry out errands that require constant movement, but we need energy for all the silent functions of our body like digestion, respiration, circulation, and growth.

So, what exactly our body does?

It extracts the required calories from the food we ate and metabolizes it to generate the requisite amount of energy required to carry out all the silent body functions, and the rate at which it occurs is called “basal metabolic rate”. It depends on several factors like our age, our body compositions, and size and our sex. Women usually have slower metabolic rates than men.

Thermogenesis, i.e. food processing ability of our body and the amount of physical activity we involve in are two other factors how much calories are being burnt in our body. The number of calories burnt is directly proportional to our body’s energy need, which remains pretty much constant throughout.

Why do we gain weight and how is it related to metabolism?

The number of calories burnt is directly proportional to our body’s energy need, which remains pretty much constant throughout. So, our body extracts only that particular amount of calorie, which is needed to meet the basal metabolic rate of our body and the rest of the calories are burnt by the amount of physical exercises we involve in.

So, if we do the math: Suppose our daily intake of food contains 1000 calories, and our body requires 70% of that calorie to carry out the basal activities of our body. What happens to the remaining amount of calories?

If we involve in physical, strenuous activities it gets burnt further, and if we don’t it keeps on accumulating, and that’s when we start to put on weight. Thus, we see, our body’s metabolism is not the culprit for our bulgy belly, it’s us!

So, it is always advisable to involve in regular exercises, strength training and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle if we want to lose out that extra ounce of weight. Dietary supplements are not the best option to remain healthy. Eating good food and involving in a good share of physical activities is the ultimate trick, especially when one is transcending slowly towards old age because our metabolic rate gradually slows down with age. So, to get rid of those extra pounds, appropriate physical activity is the key!