5 Factors that Affect Your Metabolic Rate

Metabolism is the defined as the sum of all the chemical changes and processes that take place inside our body and affect its existence, development and functioning. Metabolism affects the amount of energy we have to carry out the daily activities needed for our existence. Your body weight is determined by the number of calories you gain from the food you eat and the number of calories you burn as a result of the daily activities. It is easier for us to maintain a healthy weight when we have a fast metabolism. Not everyone has the same metabolic rate and hence the difference in the health and weight of each.

There are a number of factors that affect your metabolism. The two main ones are age and gender.

1.    Age

Our metabolism gets lower as we age. This results in weight gain when you start aging and hence the accumulation of a lot of muscle mass.

2.    Gender

Metabolism differs on the basis of the gender. Men have greater muscle mass and hence a higher rate of metabolism than women.

Age and gender are the factors affecting metabolism that you cannot control. However, a number of other factors can be controlled and can help you make a difference in your health and fitness. Read on and know what factors can you control to improve your metabolism rate and hence reach your health and fitness goals.

3.    Exercise

No surprises here, exercising can help you lead a healthier life. Our metabolism increases when we exercise regularly, and remains high afterwards as well. This allows the body to remain healthy as compared to the body of the people who do not exercise. For the people who are aging, exercise can help sustain a healthy metabolic rate. Thus, exercising is the key to healthier body and improved metabolic rate.

4.    Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin D

According to studies, people who have a better intake of vitamin D and calcium have healthier bones and also a better mechanism of regulating their body fat and metabolism. Adding calcium and vitamin D can help you in boosting your metabolism and hence begin on your journey to a healthier life. Additionally, it is important to take magnesium with calcium to help your body utilize it perfectly.

5.    Iron

Iron is the major compound that helps in transferring oxygen to the body cells. Not having the right amount of iron in the body can slow down your metabolism and hence affect the health of your body. If you want your body to have the right metabolism, it is important to keep your iron levels checked. Iron levels can be maintained by taking in foods rich in iron such as spinach or adding supplements to your daily diet.

With the right metabolism, you will not only be able to achieve a healthy weight but also be on your journey to a healthier life.

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