Quick Weight Gain Means Slow Metabolism

Whether you gain weight fast or lose weight slowly, do not blame it all on your metabolism.

Dr. Mark Dedomenico says if you want to lose weight and maintain that weight for life, you should befriend your metabolism.

A person’s resting metabolic rate (RMR) decreases by 10 percent every 10 years. If your RMR is 1,500 calories in your 20s, your RMR would drop to 1,350 calories during your 30s. by the time you hit your 40s, it would decreases further to 1,215 calories, and so on until your RMR is only 1,093 by the time you’re in your 50s.

This happens when you do not change your eating habits as you get older. As we get older, naturally, our activity level drops along with our RMR. Thus, if you continue to eat the same things you ate in your 20s, the scale would continue to go up as you age.

To avoid this, you should exercise consistently throughout your life. Exercising slows down the drop of your metabolism and preserves lean body mass.

You should also keep your NEAT up. Studies show that as people age, they tend to lead a more sedentary lifestyle. Out more advanced technologically advanced society which offers more office jobs is partly to blame. NEAT not only increases metabolism overall, it also helps maintain your RMR’s burning capacity.

Daily living and muscle activities such as fidgeting, muscle tone, and posture maintenance accounts from 15 percent of daily energy expenditure in very sedentary people, to 50 percent in more active people. There are people who are what DR. Dedomenico calls “low NEAT-o-types.” There are people who easily gain weight, but not because their metabolism is slow. There are also the “high NEAT-o-types.” These are people who find it hard to lose weight. But, it does not necessarily mean that they have a fast metabolism.

If you gain weight easily, it’s not because you have a naturally slow metabolism. It could be that your metabolism is naturally slowing down and you’re not doing anything about it. Your RMR at each decade of your life also doesn’t matter. What’s important is you keep up your energy expenditure for the rest of your life.

Source: MSN Health