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Does metabolism affect weight loss, and do we have control of our metabolism?

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Does metabolism affect weight loss, and do we have control of our metabolism?

What is metabolism?

Metabolism is the chemical processes that occur in your body, in particular turning food to be used for energy and growth. Your ‘Basal metabolic rate’ (or BMR), is the amount of energy required for your body to function - this includes processes like breathing, keeping your body temperature stable, and repairing cells. Your BMR is the minimum amount of energy your body needs to function, and actually accounts for 65-70% of your daily energy expenditure. The rest of your energy needs come from exercise and physical activity, and digestion and absorption of food.

What affects your Basal Metabolic Rate?

Many factors influence your BMR, such as;

  • Body composition (muscle needs more energy than fat to function)
  • Height (tall people have a higher BMR due to a larger skin surface area and more heat loss)
  • Gender and age
  • Growth, such as pregnancy and childhood
  • Smoking and caffeine
  • Fever, illness, and stress
  • Temperature of your environment

The bottom line:

Overall, many different factors affect our metabolism - some we can control and some we can't! As a whole metabolism should not be too much of a limiting factor if consuming appropriate foods and living an active lifestyle. If you are trying to lose weight and are struggling to see results, your best option is probably to reassess your current diet and lifestyle behaviours and go from there.

Check out the Healthy Eating Quiz to see how your diet measures up!

For more info on metabolism check this: https://theconversation.com/mondays-medical-myth-my-slow-metabolism-makes-me-fat-4962

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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