Is Your Metabolism Too Slow? Chances are It Probably Isn’t

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I was surprised to learn that having a slow metabolism is actually rare. It's not uncommon to blame metabolism for weight gain but since it is a rare ocurrance, weight gain is still likely caused by eating too many calories and not burning enough of them through physical activity.

Metabolism does slow as we get older so eating less calories or increasing physical activity is probably a wise thing to do as we age. For the most part, the more lean muscle we have, the more calories we'll burn at rest. The amount of calories we burn at rest is known as our BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate.)

This is why strength training is so highly recommended in terms of losing weight. Our muscles burn calories even after we are done working out and muscle burns more calories than fat. Strength training burns fat and builds muscle which is what helps to boost metabolism.

Another reason for a slow metabolism is dehydration. When we are dehydrated our body temperature can drop slightly and this causes our bodies to store fat in order to increase the temperature. This is another reason to drink more water.

Having a slow metabolism is rare so you have a good chance of boosting it by exercising and watching your caloric intake.

Sources:
Mayo Clinic
About.com

Author: Eartha Haines

My name is Eartha and I created this blog as a motivational resource for myself to keep up with exercise and eating right. I enjoy reading, learning, and writing about all things fitness related. I hope that as well as motivating myself, others may find motivation to try fitness as well. Learn more.

10 thoughts on “Is Your Metabolism Too Slow? Chances are It Probably Isn’t”

  1. I know it mentioned strength training but is that different than cardio training? I recently bought a treadmill and a spin bike to burn calories and maybe really I should be pumping some iron.

  2. Strength training is the way to go to burn calories most efficiently. A mixture of heavy weights and plenty of hydration are a perfect combination for weight loss.
    Always drink enough purified water to keep your body running smooth.

  3. Both of the links you include mention that a hypothyroid condition is one reason for a slow metabolism. Hypothyroidism is not all that rare.

    Usually, I quite enjoy reading your posts. Do I ever leave a comment to say so? Of course not. Only comment when I disagree. Typical.

  4. I tried to write a long comment but my machine shut down. Here is what i wanted to say.

    People will always blame their metabolism for their weight. If they beleive though that exercise will help then regardless of their orginal belief they will lose weight.

    Drinking water is great for so many reasons but I find that people will always fall back on the “You don’t really need 8 glasses a day” why do people continue believing that dehydration is fine? How much water is there in a burger and fries?

    Thanks for educating people on the truth.

  5. One other important point is that multiple meals(consumed) increase your metabolism as well. Most people think that if they can cut down to 2 meals a day they’ll lose weight. Actually the opposite is the true.

    The more frequent, and more nutritious, your meals are, the better, and faster, your metabolism works.

  6. Thank you so much for this information. I have been bombarded by the media telling me to speed up my metabolism and take their pills to do so. I am sick of people getting misleading information and even worse paying for that misleading information. Which brings me to my next thank you, I always appreciate it when someone refrences their sources, so thanks for the links I am glad someone is “doing their homework” and not just throwing their opinion out there for all to follow.

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