The chemical process that maintains your health is called your metabolism. It moves at different rates depending on the person. More calories are left behind and are more likely to be stored as fat in those with a slow metabolism. Those with a fast metabolism, on the other hand, burn more calories and are less likely to gain a lot of weight.
All chemical processes in your body are called metabolism. The faster your metabolism, the more calories your body needs. The difference between those who can eat a large amount of food without gaining weight and those who seem to need less food to gain weight is due to metabolism. The term “metabolic rate” refers to how quickly your body breaks down food. Calorie expenditure, as the term suggests, is the total amount of calories you burn in a specific period of time.
More than we realize, genetics influence our weight. Therefore, there are various reasons why you might find it difficult to lose weight. These include how the hormones that control our hunger and appetite work, making us more likely to eat more. Among other things, our body’s ability to absorb and store calories, the type of fat it stores, and our metabolism.
Many of these circumstances are beyond our control. To increase your metabolism, you could increase your physical activity and muscle mass. However, much of what affects weight is determined by the makeup of our genes from previous generations. Other elements, including our environment during development in the womb as well as during infancy and childhood, are beyond our control.
Genetic variables that affect weight are still being researched. The fat mass and obesity gene, often known as the FTO gene, is a common gene linked to higher weight. This gene may play an important role in defining the type of fat stored in our body and appears to contribute to an increased propensity for food consumption.
Your weight and metabolism are determined by a large pool of genes, not just your mom or dad. Future generations should be concerned about this as we eat processed meals and become increasingly inactive. Our children will inherit the training of our genes to adapt to this new way of life.
Every individual has a basal metabolic rate (BMR), which refers to the amount of energy their body expends when at rest. Your BMR, also known as resting metabolic rate, or RMR, is largely inherited and is responsible for burning around 70% of the calories you consume daily. BMR calculates the number of calories each of our bodies needs to perform its essential tasks.
Your metabolism will run faster since you won’t accumulate excess calories if your body needs more calories to keep functioning. Therefore, if your body needs fewer calories to perform its tasks, it will retain the extra calories and slow down your metabolism.
Also, because muscle increases BMR, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn. A faster metabolism comes naturally to some people because they have more muscular body types than others. Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because of this.
It’s also crucial to note that specific genetic health conditions can affect your metabolism. For example, hypothyroidism can lead to slower metabolism, while hyperthyroidism can lead to faster metabolism. Therefore, there are many ways our genetics can influence our metabolism.
Although genetics greatly influence our metabolism, we can still improve our metabolism through healthy lifestyle choices. Exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, etc. are all small changes that can help improve your BMR.
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