9 ways to boost your metabolism over 50

In simple terms, metabolism refers to all of the chemical reactions that occur in your body to keep you alive and functioning. These processes include breathing, heartbeat, and breaking down of nutrients from food. Your metabolism essentially determines how quickly your body burns energy to complete these functions. 

Ultimately, the faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn, the easier it is to lose weight, and the more energetic you’re likely to feel.

The speed of your metabolism is influenced by four main factors:

Resting metabolic rate (RMR) – the number of calories you burn while resting. Your RMR is essentially the minimum number of calories needed to keep your body alive and functioning.

Thermic effect of food (TEF) – how many calories you burn through digesting and absorbing food. TEF usually accounts for 10% of daily calories burned.

Exercise – the number of calories you burn through exercise.

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) – how many calories you burn doing non-exercise activities, such as standing, moving around, hoovering, and other household chores.

Other factors that influence metabolism include age, gender, height, muscle mass, and hormonal factors. Metabolism naturally slows down with age for various reasons, including reduced activity levels, muscle loss, and ageing of internal body processes.

But while some of the factors affecting metabolism – like gender and height – are out of our control, others – such as activity level – often aren’t. So, by making certain lifestyle changes, it’s possible to boost your metabolism.

Author: wpadmin

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