7 Factors that can affect your Metabolism

January 27, 2017

7  Factors  that  can  affect  your  Metabolism
  1. Muscle mass –The amount of muscle tissue you have can be a factor that affects metabolism. Muscle requires more energy to function than fat because fat is not metabolically active. As your percentage of lean muscle increases, your metabolism also increases.

  2. Gender – Metabolism is different between men and women. Generally, due to their greater muscle mass, most men have a higher metabolism rate than women, and women lose muscle mass faster than men.

  3. Age –There is a natural decline in our metabolism as we age, starting as early as 30. After 40, our metabolism slows down about 5% every 10 years. Also, weight gain is usually stored in the middle section of the body, where there is often a loss of muscle mass.

  4. Body size –Bigger bodies usually have larger internal organs and more fluid to maintain. Taller people have a larger skin surface, causing their bodies to have to work harder to maintain a constant temperature, which generally causes a faster metabolism. People who weigh less, need less energy to fuel their bodies.

  5. Genetics – Can also play a role in whether you have a slower or faster metabolism, and some genetic disorders can also affect your metabolism.

  6. Hormonal factors - Imbalances caused by certain conditions, including hypo- and hyperthyroidism, can affect your metabolism. Hypo- may decrease your energy needs and hyper- may increase them.

  7. Environmental factors – The weather can affect your metabolism. For example, if it is very cold or very hot, your body has to work harder to maintain its normal core temperature

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