METABOLISM AND
WEIGHT LOSS

Metabolism is often misunderstood – we blame it for being sluggish and we blame it for being inherited as a genetic predisposition. You should know what effect metabolism has on body weight. Our team at Compass Fat Loss wants to address all of your metabolism questions and concerns.

METABOLISM AND
WEIGHT LOSS

Metabolism is often misunderstood – we blame it for being sluggish and we blame it for being inherited as a genetic predisposition. You should know what effect metabolism has on body weight. Our team at Compass Fat Loss wants to address all of your metabolism questions and concerns.

Metabolism 101:

It’s remarkable that the food and drink we consume turns into the energy that we need to live – to move, to work, and to play with family and friends. This process is very complex, so we’ll only cover the basics. Think of metabolism as our bodies’ regulator for its energy use.

We need constant energy to breathe, pump blood, digest food, grow, and heal. So how exactly does our body get the energy it needs? Chemicals and enzymes interact with the nourishment we consume to break them down at the rate the body needs them.

When we exercise, for example, the body’s demand for energy is high, so food is broken down more quickly to meet the demand. Stored fat is also converted to energy when the demand is high.

The Metabolic Process is Constant

Metabolism is a crucial body process – it produces energy and never rests. We require energy to eat, to breathe, to sit, and even when we sleep. These background activities take up a majority of our daily energy, much more than even exercise does. In fact, nearly 70% of our daily calorie consumption powers these background activities. The rate at which we burn calories for these background activities is called our basal metabolic rate (BMR) or resting metabolic rate (RMR). An individuals’ basal metabolic rate generally stays constant from day-to-day, though it can vary greatly from person-to-person.

Your Body’s Composition


Research confirms that people with a larger build and a higher percentage of muscle tend to use more calories. It makes sense that people with larger builds just use more energy!

Your Age Matters!


Evidence shows that as you age, you burn calories at a slower rate. If we also do less physical activity as we age, we’re doomed to lose muscle mass and gain body fat. But if fat replaces muscle, your body can actually run on even fewer consumed calories.

Male vs. Female


Men and women burn calories at different rates. It’s a fact that men usually have a higher ratio of muscle to fat than women. It’s a result, men inherently use more energy and burn more calories than women do.

If our BMR accounts for 70% of our daily calorie use, where does the rest of the energy go? The other two constant users of energy are exercise and digestion.

Although food provides energy, our bodies also spend energy to create more of it. This process is known as thermogenesis and it plays a considerable role in our body’s metabolism. Between 10 and 13% of the energy we receive from food goes toward digestion.

This brings us to the last process that burns calories – physical exercise. The last 30 to 35% of your energy goes towards movement – walking, running, doing laundry, mowing the yard, etc. Physical activity is the biggest variable factor in your energy intake. But even then, exercise is only responsible for about 20% of the entire weight loss equation – the remaining 80% is directly related to your food choice and DNA.

This is precisely why no single food or exercise plan works the same for all people. In fact, in the early stages of weight loss, too much exercise can actually hold back your weight loss progress! This is why your personal exercise program, designed with your genetics in mind, will maximize your progress. Weight loss programs that utilize DNA testing in their process are statistically 2.5x more effective than programs that don’t!

How Metabolism Effects Weight

A weight loss program must be comprehensive enough to address every step of the weight loss process: altering metabolism, providing sufficient energy via food and proper supplementation, assessing progress via specific measurements and testing, providing close monitoring by a clinician, and performing DNA analysis to customize the process for each individual patient. Only by taking advantage of all these tools can a weight loss program safely offer guaranteed rapid weight loss, losing mostly fat tissue rather than lean muscle tissue, and keeping the weight off long term.

How Metabolism Effects Weight

A weight loss program must be comprehensive enough to address every step of the weight loss process: altering metabolism, providing sufficient energy via food and proper supplementation, assessing progress via specific measurements and testing, providing close monitoring by a clinician, and performing DNA analysis to customize the process for each individual patient. Only by taking advantage of all these tools can a weight loss program safely offer guaranteed rapid weight loss, losing mostly fat tissue rather than lean muscle tissue, and keeping the weight off long term.

How Metabolism Effects Weight

A weight loss program must be comprehensive enough to address every step of the weight loss process: altering metabolism, providing sufficient energy via food and proper supplementation, assessing progress via specific measurements and testing, providing close monitoring by a clinician, and performing DNA analysis to customize the process for each individual patient. Only by taking advantage of all these tools can a weight loss program safely offer guaranteed rapid weight loss, losing mostly fat tissue rather than lean muscle tissue, and keeping the weight off long term.

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Glastonbury Office

155 Sycamore Street, 2nd Floor
Glastonbury, CT 06033
800-735-2281

Milford Office

831 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460
800-735-2281

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