Causes For Change In The Metabolic Rate

Changes in the metabolic rate can have different causes. Here you'll find an overview with causes and tipps how to maintain a fast metabolic rate.

Exercise, Stress and Lack of Sleep can Affect your Metabolism

Metabolism refers to the rate at which your body utilizes calories to meet energy demands. The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) refers to the number of calories you burn while your body is at rest. Your BMR decreases as you age. This means that when you get older it is harder for your body to burn calories and harder for you to lose weight. A daily routine of cardiovascular exercise can improve your health and fitness and increase your BMR.

Stress has both positive and negative impact on the metabolism. Initially, it increases it to provide extra fuel for the body to react to any stressful situation. Prolonged stress, however, can actually lower the BMR by disrupting the digestive system. Lack of sleep makes you too tired to exercise or to work out intensely. It reduces your BMR. If you reduce the amount of stress in your life and get more sleep each night, your normal BMR will return. Not easy in the modern world, with its fast pace and demands on your time, but it can be done.