Your metabolism is the complex biological process by which the food and beverages you consume are converted into energy to fuel the many activities of living. Fueling the basic activities of staying alive – things like breathing, pumping the heart, and growing new skin cells – is called the basal metabolism.
The amount of calories you need just to exist is called the basal metabolism rate. The basal metabolic rate accounts for around 70% of calories burned each day. Differences between individuals in basal metabolic rate may dramatically affect a person’s ability to maintain a healthy body weight.
If you’re struggling to lose weight – whether for personal or health reasons – Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss can help. Our Metabolic Control Program is designed to help you effectively lose weight in a way that makes sense for you and your body. Our wellness team can customize a program just for you. Contact Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss today or visit our Evansville office to learn more.
Exercise and Diet
The most commonly recommended ways to lose weight are to increase physical activity and to decrease food intake. However, many people find it impossible to lose weight using this basic method for several reasons. For one, the experts recommend that women consume at least 1200 calories per day. If a woman consumes less than this amount, the body decides food must be scarce, so it slows down the basal metabolic rate in order to conserve energy. This built-in mechanism is important to keep people alive during famine. For the dieter, though, this means that calorie intake can only be cut so much.
Exercise sounds good as a way to burn off calories, but unless you spend substantial amounts of time exercising each day the amount of calories burned tends to be fairly insignificant. Individuals are urged to walk to lose weight, but most people need to walk briskly for at least 6 miles, or for around two hours each and every day, in order to lose a pound or two. A typical hour at the gym only burns 300 to 500 calories. That means it takes at least 12 hours at the gym to burn off a single pound of fat. Modern women simply do not have this kind of time to spare.
If diet and exercise fail, the only remaining way to maintain a healthy weight is to control the basal metabolic rate. There are many minor adjustments a person can make to their lifestyle that can boost the basal metabolic rate. For example, when and what you eat may be as important as how much you eat. Other factors that can affect the basal metabolic rate include how much sleep you get, how and when you exercise, and how you deal with stress. Anything that convinces your body that “times are tough” will decrease your basal metabolic rate as your built-in survival mechanisms kick in. The goal of metabolic control is to convince your body it can safely burn off its reserves.
Metabolic Control Programs
A metabolic control program will evaluate your lifestyle and provide advice in tweaking your diet, exercise program, and daily habits in order to maximize fat-burning. If you struggle to lose weight despite eating a 1,200 calorie diet and exercising regularly, a metabolic control program may be ideal for you.