"Metabolism" is the term for all the body processes aimed at converting food into energy. Understanding metabolism is key to maintaining healthy weight throughout life. Luckily, it’s not as mysterious as it seems!
What is Metabolic Rate? Your Metabolic Rate Explained
As people get older, basal metabolic rate -- the amount of calories burned every day to keep the body functioning -- gets lower. Your metabolism slows as age reduces your energy needs. Heart rate lowers and other organ functions get less energy-intensive, too.
The slowing of the metabolism is a natural and normal process. If metabolism stayed at the high rate associated with teens all throughout life, it might be easier to maintain a healthy weight, but we might also age faster as cells wore out and were replaced more quickly.
Still, sometimes the metabolism slows down too much. This can cause lots of health issues!
Metabolic Rate Assessment for Health Maintenance
Metabolism might slow down radically for a wide variety of reasons:
- Vitamin Deficiency
- Poor Eating Habits
- Hormonal Imbalance
No matter what the cause is, though, it’s important to bring your metabolism back into balance. If your metabolism remains too low, it can result in problematic weight gain. You might find it hard to break down stored fat and might even get less nutrients from the food you eat.
Signs of poor metabolism can include:
- Weight Gain
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Poor Mood
If you suspect you might be suffering from low metabolism, a Metabolic Rate Assessment is an important first step. This can tell you if your metabolism is compromised so you can get treatment or make necessary lifestyle changes.
For more information on Metabolic Rate Assessment, please contact our Commack or Massapequa office today to schedule your consultation.