If you’ve ever wondered why some people carry weight one way and others a different way, you’re actually wondering about metabolism. Everyone has a metabolism, but the way it works is different in each body. In fact, metabolic type and rate vary from person to person. Some people having a very fast metabolism, and others having a very slow or low metabolism. Understanding your metabolism is the first step to understanding your personal fitness and ability to lose and maintain weight.
Dexafit understands how knowledge about your body and your health can go a long way, which is why we want to help you take control of your health and fitness so you can live a happier, healthier life.
What is Metabolism?
Metabolism, or your basal metabolic rate, is the term given to the bodily process of converting food into energy. What you eat and drink directly fuels your metabolism, which in turn, fuels your body. Though it can be explained rather simply, metabolism is a rather complex biochemical process, in which the food and liquids you consume are combined with oxygen in order to release the energy your body relies on. Metabolism provides energy for all sorts of processes such as walking and talking, as well as the less obvious ones such as breathing, adjusting hormone levels, growing, and circulating blood. In short, metabolism is one of the main factors that keeps your body working properly.
Your basal metabolic rate also refers to the number of calories your body uses in order to carry out the mentioned bodily functions as well as many others. Many factors can influence how your metabolism works.
· Sex: Men tend to burn more calories than women, and so often have less body fat and more muscle. Though this is common for most men, it can also be determined subjectively, person by person.
· Age: Children have tons of energy for a reason: your metabolism works faster when you are younger. As you age, many people are likely to lose muscle and gain fat, slowing down the process of burning calories.
· Body Size and Composition: Larger people as well as people who have more muscle mass are prone to burn more calories, even when at rest. However, older and larger people whose weight is made up mainly of fat tend to have slower metabolisms.
· Physical Activity: How much you move can greatly influence your metabolic rate? Even if it’s something as simple as taking a stroll down the block, moving helps keep your metabolism healthy, especially if you move outside!
How Does It Affect Weight Loss?
Weight loss and weight gain are more complicated than just being tied to your metabolism. There are many factors influencing it such as your genetics, your diet, hormonal controls, and your lifestyle. Lifestyle includes everything from how you manage stress and exercise to whether or not you’re getting enough sleep and what you eat. Weight gain occurs when something is wrong in your environment and your metabolism isn't efficient at allocating its resources.
Some people can link their size directly to their metabolism. You’ve likely seen a rather thin person who eats whatever they like, doesn’t exercise, and never gains a pound, as well as the larger person who meticulously watches what they eat, exercises religiously, and still has trouble shedding weight. Theses cases, however common they may seem, are not typically the norm. If you want to lose weight, you need to get to the bottom of what's affecting the complex physiological symphony in your body that's responsible for your metabolism.
What is a Metabolic Test?
A metabolic test is performed in order to estimate your BMR or basal metabolic rate. Rather basic and simple, the test commonly involves having the patient breathe into a tube for up to 10 minutes. This is supposed to help calculate the amount of oxygen that was inhaled to the amount of carbon dioxide that was exhaled. If your body uses more oxygen, you’ll tend to have a higher BMR. The test will also determine whether or not you fall within normal range based on your age and sex.
What is a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel?
Your comprehensive metabolic panel refers to a combination of tests that will help your healthcare provider assess all the important functions going on in your body. A Basic Metabolic Panel is often performed in order to assess the health and functionality of the following:
· Acid/Base balance of your blood
· Electrolyte Level
· Blood Filtration
· Blood Sugar Levels
These help detect serious health problems that may affect the heart, lungs, kidneys, and even your pancreas. Fortunately, a metabolic panel is often performed through a simple blood test(s) in which factors such as your sodium, glucose, creatinine, albumin, calcium, and more are tested.
Where Can You Get One?
Your healthcare provider is likely the first place you’ll go to receive a metabolic test, but it’s not the only option. Dexafit also offers a highly accurate metabolic test that helps you learn your baseline health and fitness level using the best clinical-grade technologies. Once your results are in, we work with you to find a health plan that works for you and towards your fitness goals. Whether you want to improve energy and sleep, lose weight, become a better athlete, identify and track health risks, or do all of the above, we have a plan for you. You can also get retested after you’ve been on one of our plans for a while to see how it is working, what’s improved, and what you can do next.
Dexafit cares about you and your health, and we want to help you discover and learn more about your body. We believe that body awareness leads to a better, healthier live, and we want to help you achieve this. Visit us at our site to learn more.