Thursday, November 1, 2012

What if I Have a Slow Metabolic Rate?

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Your body weight may be affected slightly by genetics, but that effect is not strong. Furthermore, I am convinced that inheriting a slow metabolic rate with a tendency to gain weight is not a flaw or defect but rather a genetic gift that can be taken advantage of. How is this possible? A slower metabolism is associated with longer life span in all species of animals. It can be speculated that if one lived sixty thousand or just a few hundred years ago, a slower metabolic rate might  have increased our survival opportunity,
since getting suffi­ cient calories was difficult. For example, the majority of Pilgrims that arrived on our shores on the Mayflower died that first winter.'They could not make or find enough food to eat, so only those with the ge­ netic gift of a slow metabolic rate survived.
As you can see, it is not always bad to have a slow metabolic rate. It can be good. Sure, it is bad in today's environment of relentless eating and when consuming a high-calorie, low-nutrient diet. Sure, it will increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease and cancer, given today's food-consumption patterns. However,  if correct food choices are made to maintain a normal weight, the individual with a slower metabolism may age more slowly.
Our body is like a machine. If we constantly run the machinery at  high  speed,  it will  wear out  faster.  Since animals with slower metabolic rates live longer, eating more calories, which drives up our metabolic rate, will cause us only to age faster. Contrary to what you
may have heard and read in the past, our goal should be the opposite:
to eat less, only as much as we need to maintain a slim and muscular weight, and no more, so as to keep our metabolic rate relatively slow.
So  stop worrying about  your slower metabolic  rate.  A slower metabolic rate from dieting is not the primary cause of your weight problem. Keep these three important points in mind:
1. Resting metabolic rates do decline slightly during periods of
  
lower caloric intake,  but not enough  to significantly inhibit
  
weight loss.
2. Resting metabolic rates return to normal soon after caloric in­
  
take is no longer restricted. The lowered metabolic rate does not
  
stay low permanently and make future dieting more difficult.
3. A sudden lowering of the metabolic rate from dieting does not
   explain the weight gain/loss cycles experienced by many over­
  
weight people. These fluctuations in weight are primarily from
  
going on and getting off diets. It is especially difficult to stay
  
with a reduced-calorie diet when it never truly satisfies the in­
  
dividual's biochemical  need  for  nutrients, fiber, and phyto-
  
chemicals.

Those with a genetic tendency to overweight may actually have the genetic potential to outlive the rest of us. The key to their suc­ cessful longevity lies in their choosing a nutrient-rich, fiber-rich, lower-calorie diet, as well as getting adequate physical activity. By adjusting the nutrient-per-calorie density of your diet to your metabolic rate, you can use your slow metabolism to your advantage. When you can maintain a normal weight in spite of a slow metabolism, you will be able to achieve significant longevity.
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