February 19, 2021, 7:01 p.m.
Metabolism is a complex chemical process. In simple terms, it is the process by which the body converts food and drinks into energy. People often blame their metabolism when their weight loss has not been easy. That may be because much of what they know about it is myth that doesn’t seem to go away.
To clear the air of some of the most persistent weight loss myths about metabolism, Tempo reviewed the latest health sciences around the clock and interviewed Liat Nadler, clinical nutritionist at Just Eat Well in Portland, Oregon.
So much has been written about metabolism online that it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. While it’s true that metabolism is linked to weight, a lot can be done to affect how fast or slow it is. Many factors influence basal metabolic rate – or how many calories a person burns per day at rest. These include age, when you stop being physically active, gender, and muscle mass, noted Nadler.
The rule is that you need to use fewer calories than the body burns to lose weight. The second part of this rule is where people get confused. They try different ways to lose weight and inevitably make some mistakes. But mistakes can have the opposite effect – these are 28 weight loss myths that pack on pounds.
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