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Metabolism – What’s the go with it? (Part 1)

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Your metabolism can be seen as your body’s engine where it constantly requires fuel (kilojoules) to keep it running. Factors that determine the amount of kilojoules that we burn include:

- Our resting metabolic rate (RMR). This is the amount of energy that is burned when we are at rest. i.e. the amount of energy that we use to breath and keep our heart beating.

- The energy we burn when we eat, digest and process food through our bodies.

- And not to mention, the amount of exercise / physical activity that we do during the day.

Did you know that the more muscles that you have, the higher your metabolism will be? This is one of the reasons why men can usually eat a little more and not gain as much weight. And as we enjoy more and more birthday cakes (i.e. get older) we will start to lose muscle mass and therefore our metabolism will start to decrease as well.

FACTORS THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR METABOLISM:
- Some medical conditions
- Amount of muscle mass
- Genetics
- Gender
- Age
- Some medications

FACTORS THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR WEIGHT:
- Some medications
- Genetics
- Diet
- Activity levels

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