“I don’t eat all day but I still can’t lose weight!” If this describes you, then you may benefit by having your metabolic rate measured. Metabolism is a complex system of hormones and enzymes that converts food into fuel and determines how efficiently that fuel is burned. The process of metabolism determines the rate at which we burn our calories which, ultimately, affects how quickly we gain weight or how easily we lose weight.
Metabolism is influenced by many factors. Some of the factors that we cannot control include genetics, gender (males burn calories faster than females), and age (metabolism slows down about 5% per decade after age 40). The factors that we can control include the way we eat and exercise. Here are the facts to increase your metabolic rate:
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.