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Transformation Tip –Don’t blame your metabolism


 “I can’t lose weight. I have a slow metabolism.”

How many times have you heard that?

How many times have you said that?

Narelle Keleher stopped blaming her metabolism and become calorie aware. That was the key in her transformation

Before you throw your hands in the air and give up there is something you should know…..

You’re probably wrong!

No one likes to hear that, but bear with me for a minute.

There was an interesting study done that investigated whether or not people were right about their metabolism; could they accurately predict if it was ‘fast’ or ‘slow’.

Researchers carefully advertised for subjects to take part in their study.

They asked for people between the ages of 20-50 who were lean despite eating a large amount of food and calories, as well as people who were overweight despite eating a small amount of food and calories.

In essence, people who felt they had a fast metabolism or a slow one.

A total of 44 people were sure they had a fast metabolism while 12 people were certain theirs was slow.

Researchers measured physical activity, food consumption, resting metabolic rate and thyroid hormones for all participants.

They found very little difference in resting metabolic rate between the groups. They also found very little difference in physical activity and thyroid function between the groups.

How in the world could that be?

Surely if someone had a fast metabolism they shouldn’t be overweight, just as someone with a slow metabolism should have a hard time keeping weight off.

What gives?

Here is where the rubber meets the road- people did a poor job when it came to their awareness of the number of calories they were consuming.

In fact, the only difference researchers found between the groups was in the number of calories consumed. Those in the slow metabolism group consumed considerably more calories than those in the fast metabolism group.

Truth be told, when looking at the two groups as a whole, the individual with the highest measured resting metabolic rate was actually in the ‘slow’ metabolism group and the two with the lowest measured RMR were actually in the ‘fast’ metabolism group!

What is the take home here?

Feeling like you have a slow metabolism may not be the reason you have a tough time losing weight. It may be time to take a long, hard look at what you are eating.

No, this doesn’t mean you need to be a slave to counting calories. Simply becoming calorie aware will go a long way.

Learn more about becoming calorie aware:
One bite won’t hurt
How to beat the metabolic slowdown
Cravings- how to beat ‘em

Wallhuss A. Isik M. Nystrom F. Comparison of subjective sense of high or low metabolism and objectively measured resting metabolic rate. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation, 2010; 70: 334–337

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