Nothing is more frustrating than seeing someone eat piles of food like a growing child and not gain a kilogram, whereas you treat yourself to a tiny indulgence and it shows up on the scale. This all boils down to individual differences in metabolism, muscle mass and physical activity.
What exactly is metabolism? It is the process by which your body converts what you eat into the energy that you need to function and survive. It fuels everything from breathing to blinking. If you have a fast metabolism, your body burns through fuel (calories) quicker, whereas a slow metabolism requires less fuel to keep the body moving. It’s very easy to kick up a fuss and blame any weight issues on a slow metabolism, but there are ways to maintain a healthy weight and support your metabolism correctly.
Your metabolism is flexible and can be restored with adequate calorie and nutrient intake. You need to understand that your body may be confused now, so it will take some patience and consistency for your body to adapt to a new well-nourished and satisfied state.
Your body is intelligent and geared up for survival, so it will adapt even after multiple dieting attempts.
Eating less is not more. Not eating enough just lowers your metabolism while eating adequately can normalize it. Listen to your body. If your metabolism is not functioning at its full potential, you should notice. Below are a few signs of impaired metabolism and inadequate calorie intake:
You might react to these signs by being more restrictive with food and cutting out whole food groups. This will likely cause more problems than it solves.
Enjoying a wide variety of fresh, wholesome foods and following a flexible approach to meal patterns while listening to your intuitive signals of hunger and fullness will be the best way to support your healthy body.
Consider a visit to a Registered Dietitian to help you understand and calculate your unique nutritional needs. Click here to make an appointment and let’s get your health back on track.