While it is true that metabolism is largely determined by genetics, age and gender, there are specific things you do to give it a boost. Try these tips to rev up your internal engine, jump-start a weight loss plan or maintain a healthy weight.
Weight and Your Health
Being overweight can hurt. Carrying extra pounds puts added stress on your joints and that can cause your bone-cushioning cartilage to wear down, your ligaments to become strained and, as a result, you find yourself in constant pain.
Our body composition—a specific breakdown of fat, lean muscle and bone—provides a better sense of our overall health than simply weighing ourselves. Knowing this number can give you insight into your disease risk and overall health because the more body fat you have, the higher your risk is for a variety of diseases.
People who are considered “normal weight” by the body mass index scale can also have surprisingly high levels of disease-causing visceral fat. Here are a few simple things you can do today to keep belly fat in check.
While it’s true that genetics play a part, your metabolism is not predetermined—lifestyle affects it, too. Understanding what metabolism is and how yours works is the first step in doing what you can to maximize its potential.