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What Is Metabolism?
Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its “hidden” functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells. The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate — what you might call metabolism.
Several factors determine your individual basal metabolism
- Your body size and composition. People who are larger or have more muscle burn more calories, even at rest.
- Your sex. Men usually have less body fat and more muscle than women of the same age and weight, which means men burn more calories.
- Your age. As you get older, the amount of muscle tends to decrease and fat accounts for more of your weight, slowing down calorie burning.
Energy needs for your body’s basic functions stay fairly consistent and aren’t easily changed. In addition to your basal metabolic rate, two other factors determine how many calories your body burns each day:
- Food processing (thermogenesis).Digesting, absorbing, transporting and storing the food you consume also takes calories. About 10 per cent of the calories from the carbohydrates and protein you eat are used during the digestion and absorption of the food and nutrients.
- Physical activity. Physical activity and exercise — such as playing tennis, walking to the store, chasing after the dog and any other movement — account for the rest of the calories your body burns up each day. Physical activity is by far the most variable of the factors that determine how many calories you burn each day.
Scientists call the activity you do all day that isn’t deliberate exercise nonexercised activity thermogenesis (NEAT). This activity includes walking from room to room, activities such as gardening and even fidgeting. NEAT accounts for about 100 to 800 calories used daily.
Metabolic Weight Loss
It’s part truth and part myth that metabolism is the key to weight. The rising tide of obesity in this country cannot be blamed entirely on an inherited tendency to have a slow metabolism. Genes do not change that quickly. Something environmental — particularly, changes in diet and exercising too little — are much more likely culprits. Age can be a factor, too, although new evidence suggests metabolism reaches a peak earlier in life and slows down much later than previously thought.
The reality is that for most people, excess weight is not all due to bad luck, thyroid trouble or some other unexplained, uncontrollable external factor. For most of us, calories in, and calories out have a strong influence on changes in weight over a lifetime. Regardless of whether your metabolism is fast or slow, our bodies are designed to store excess energy in fat cells. So, if you eat and drink more calories (energy “intake”) than your body expends (energy “output”) you will gain weight. On the other hand, if you eat and drink fewer calories than are burned through everyday activities (including exercise, rest and sleep), you’ll lose weight. Our bodies are also programmed to sense a lack of food as starvation. In response, our BMR slows down, which means fewer calories are burned over time. That’s one reason why losing weight is often difficult.
Metabolic Weight Loss Coach
The fact is, life always happens. The important thing is whether you allow it to stop you from changing your bad habits or hinder you from beginning new ones. It would help if you have an outside perspective, helping you remain focused and motivated when losing weight. And that’s where a weight loss coach can come in. Without someone who is advising and holding you accountable, it’s natural to go off track – or completely stop your diet or exercise plan. A weight loss coach will help you maintain focus on your goals.
Below Are Five Things A Weight Loss Coach Can Do for You:
1. Evaluate your weight loss needs objectively
A coach will look at your health from an outside perspective and help you establish an objective target. Many times, clients at our weight loss clinic begin with an arbitrary number in mind. They may have an antiquated idea that weight is weight, but that’s not true. Relying on the scale weight alone can work against you, keeping you from achieving your goals.
2. Create the ideal weight loss plan for you
A weight loss coach will design a weight loss plan that suits your individual needs. It will make sure of striking the right balance between exercise and proper nutrition to fit your body’s metabolism – and your lifestyle. While many body types can find success on similar diets, there are more considerations for maintaining. Our nutritionists will first begin with a complimentary consultation to learn more about you, your history, goals, lifestyle, and more to help you select the most effective plan to suit your desired results.
Nothing is worse than being on a diet and not getting results, disliking the foods, or engaging in workouts you dread. A coach will help get you started on the right track and eliminate wasted time, effort, and money.
3. Help you remain focused on your weight loss goal.
A coach will get you back on the weight loss track if you deviate from your diet, have a schedule change that prevents you from getting in your planned workouts, or navigate challenging social requirements. Sometimes, life presents us with situations we can’t easily handle. Hence, we often use these experiences to make excuses to deviate from our goals, or as excuses for our failures. Your coach will help you be more objective about your individual needs and issues. This will ensure that you learn how to offset hurdles and regain focus moving forward even if you get off track.
4. Motivate you when you are not feeling motivated
Initially, when starting diets, clients are gung-ho about their goals and desperate to get started. Without a coach, they will typically begin to lose interest in their original purpose, and the motivation begins to wane. After a few days or weeks of this, they stop following their program altogether. This illustration is the definition of human nature and occurs even to the most committed of us. There are many reasons for this. But, a weight loss coach will motivate you and get you back on track even when you are least motivated.
Remember, you are not the first person to suffer from a lack of motivation when losing weight. By being focused and objective about your needs, a coach will motivate you and keep you going.
5. Keep You Honest & Hold You Accountable
It is easy to regress to our old bad habits when there’s no one to keep us honest and accountable. You cannot expect your partners or friends to do that for you in the same way you can while relying on a coach. Like you, your friends and family are untrained and have their issues to manage and address. That aside, who wants additional pressure in a personal relationship?
When it comes to weight, metabolism is important and does have a genetic component. Clearly, you can change how you balance the calories you take in against the calories you burn up through activity, which can change your weight. With experienced coaches tracking your progress and reminding you where you are and where you want to be, you will achieve your weight loss and fitness goals very quickly and effectively. While many people may resist the added cost of a weight loss coach, what is the price of not achieving your goals or staying on a diet longer than you need to be?