Metabolism and Weight loss

Quite often, clients will come to us and say that they are exercising and “eating really good” but they just don’t seem to be losing weight…

If this has happened to you, you totally understand the frustration, right?

You instantly result in thinking that you need to exercise for longer, at a higher intensity and eat less? Yeah?

It’s not until we take a deeper a look into their daily eating habits that we find they are in fact, not eating enough!

We had a chat with Georgie, our local dietitian about this common issue and here’s what she had to say;

So, what is metabolism?

Metabolism is the process by which our bodies convert what we eat into the energy we need to survive and function.

A fast metabolism is like a hot furnace that burns through fuel (calories) quickly. A slow metabolism needs less fuel to keep a body functioning.

Metabolism isn’t all just about our genetics- but it IS about our body composition and activity level just to name a few.

Muscle burns more calories per hour than fat, which means that people with lean, muscular bodies need more calories to function than people with a higher percentage of body fat.

For many of us, heading to the gym is often driven by the need to lose a few kilos. Weight loss is all about creating an energy deficit by eating fewer calories than your body expends each day.

However, creating too large of a calorie deficit can backfire. Our bodies are smart and programmed for survival. Severely limiting calories can make your body think it’s entering a famine, and that it needs to survive with fewer calories.

Your body adapts to the restricted caloric intake, and uses fewer calories to perform the same tasks.

We can improve our metabolic rate by eating regularly (not skipping meals!) and exercising on a daily basis!

Lastly, before you ask… There is no one magic food that will increase your metabolism! So, drink green tea and eat chilli peppers because you enjoy them, not because you think it will help you lose weight!

Georgie is now available for appointments at Tumut Community Health. All consults are FREE and you don’t require a GP referral, you simply need a medicare card.Call 6947 0911 to book or to simply ask a question.