One of the main questions we ask ourselves when it comes to weight loss is; why I gain weight from barely eating something unhealthy, while my friend never gains a pound after binging? The answer to this question is metabolism. It is the process through which our bodies burn the food we eat and transforms into energy so we can function better. Not all bodies are the same, and every person’s metabolism is different than the other. So how do we understand our metabolism process? The following are 6 facts about metabolism that you need to know to better understand metabolism.
1. Metabolism happens in every cellule of your body
Researchers have proved that metabolism is a chemical process that happens in each and every cell of your body that has the ability to transform calories into energy. A basal metabolic rate is the number of calories burned when your body is resting and doing nothing. This is due to the activities conducted by your body’s tissues. Almost half of the energy burned at rest is produced by the major body organs which are the heart, the liver, the kidneys and the brain. The energy that remains is produced by the digestive system and the muscles.
2. Metabolism varies between one person and the other
It is true that one person can gain no weight eating a heavy meal, while another one needs to be careful all the time to avoid gaining weight. But this is not the only bad news; researchers are still not able to identify the reasons behind that. Some of the factors that indicate a high metabolism could be the following; the amount of fat tissue and lean muscles in the body, genetics, age, and sex.
3. Aging makes metabolism slower
A person who is 60 burns less calories than someone who is 20 even if the amount of fat and muscle tissues they have is the same. Studies showed that the decline can start at the age of 18, but they couldn’t find a definitive answer on why does this happen.
4. You can’t speed your metabolism process
While there are many tips that tell you that working out more and eating certain foods can help speed up the metabolism process, studies show that none of them is true. Some things can be helpful but in very minimal percentages, such as consuming coffee and some spices and building muscles.
5. Diets slow your metabolism down
On the other hand, there are some things that can make your metabolism slower such as dieting. Studies have proved that when you lose weight, your basal metabolic rate drops down.
6. Most of the energy you burn comes from your resting metabolism
Your body burns calories in many ways throughout the day, but basal metabolism has been proved to produce the most energy. In fact, basal metabolism (metabolism at a resting state) burns more than physical activity.
So now you know why some people remain skinny even after eating a lot?