Metabolism is the process that the body uses to convert food into energy.
So, YES in order to lose weight, we need to expend MORE energy than we take in.
It is practically impossible to accurately count calories.
Here is why calorie counting alone is faulty:
- People are not great at eyeballing calories.
- Food labels can have a % of error.
- Cooking and preparing foods can alter the calories and nutrients.
- Energy burned through digestion varies depending on macronutrients.
- The body burns calories in various ways and every person differs.
- It is hard to accurately know how many calories we burn when we exercise.
- Different forms of exercise have different calorie-burning effects.
Your body burns energy in various ways:
- Basal metabolic rate: the energy used to keep you alive
- Thermal effect of food: calories used to chew, swallow, churn the stomach, make the acid in the stomach, make the enzymes, etc.
- Physical activity: exercise
- Movement: everyday activities
Unfortunately, as we age, our resting metabolic rate naturally goes down.
And, I know it sounds obvious, but one thing that we also need to keep in mind is that every BODY is different. One size doesn’t fit all and there is always more to the story.
Everybody processes, absorbs, and uses food differently… also known as our metabolism.
Plus, the body is really good at maintaining homeostasis. So if you are not eating a lot of calories, your body will do whatever it takes to not make you move as much.
- If you eat too little calories for any length of time, you will actually SLOW your metabolic processes because its trying to conserve energy
- If you have a sedentary living style, your body will adjust its metabolism to reflect the lifestyle you’re living
- If you’re not getting proper sleep, your metabolism will slow to conserve energy.
Everybody’s body is different. It’s important to learn what YOUR body needs in order for your body to function at its most efficient level.
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