Everything You’re Doing to Ruin Your Metabolism, and What You Should Be Doing Instead
Metabolism — the process by which your body converts food into energy — can be affected by number of the things you do every day, both positively and negatively. Your individual metabolism is also dependent on a number of innate factors, including your age, sex, and size.
Two other factors affect your metabolism. One is the amount of energy it takes for your body to process your food each day, which stays relatively consistent. The second, as you probably guessed, is the amount of physical activity you engage in every day. As one study notes, “even trivial physical activities increase metabolic rate substantially,” so exercise of any kind is the largest factor in determining your metabolism. That said, some people have a high basal metabolic rate (BMR), which means they burn more calories while at rest than those with a low BMR. It’s not fair, but it’s true.
We asked a few doctors and dieticians to guide us through the ways in which, through diets and regular habits, we might be getting in the way of our own metabolism and thyroid function.