Discover what basal metabolism is, how it affects our weight and what it means to have a fast or slow metabolism.

What does it mean to have a fast or slow metabolism and what does it depend on to lose or lose weight? Does our metabolism have a lot to do with diet to lose weight?

As we well know, as we have already tried on some occasion, in order to lose weight and lose it, it is more than essential to consume fewer calories than are expended throughout the day, and even increase our daily physical activity to to be able to help in the loss.

The problem in these cases is that not all people need the same amount of calories per day, since these depend on the type of metabolism we have.

Not surprisingly, there are people who have a slow metabolism, while many others have a fast metabolism.

What is metabolism?

Among other issues, metabolism is a set of chemical reactions that allow us to obtain energy from all the foods we eat daily.

Precisely the minimum amount of energy that our body needs to be able to function each day is called basal metabolism. This metabolism varies in each person, since its operation depends on the different hormonal levels that we have, which in turn is genetically marked.

Differences between fast and slow metabolism

For all that is indicated, there are two types of metabolism, which we summarize below:

  • Rapid metabolism
    our body consumes more energy to carry out its vital processes, which is why, in turn, it needs a greater number of calories and does not save the surplus.
  • Slow metabolism
    in these cases our body needs little energy to perform its basic functions, and saves what it does not consume, tending to store excess calories in the form of fat.


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