What can affect the metabolic rate?

Metabolic rate varies from person to person and is a very important factor in weight loss.

There are certain conditions that can affect one’s metabolic rate which include the following: 

Post- pregnancy weight gain Losing weight after pregnancy is something that each new mother has to deal with and it’s not always easy. 

Not getting enough sleep can affect weight loss and leave you just too tired to exercise with no time to plan foods.

It becomes easy to grab anything. Skipping meals, stress and lack of sleep can all affect blood sugar levels which can result in cravings. 

Menopause & weight loss Our weight often increases during and around menopause.

It is estimated that at least 30% of women aged between 50 and 59 suffer from obesity. Menopause definitely carries with is the risk of weight increase. Oestrogen levels naturally fall away around the time of menopause and we often eat more to compensate for this. 

Lower oestrogen levels usually mean a lower metabolic rate. 

If you are confused about the difference between oestrogen and estrogen, read on! Basically oestrogen is the British spelling and estrogen is the American spelling.

Medication It is estimated that 15% of weight gain is related to medications. Medications may cause you to retain fluids, while many make you feel hungry. If you suspect that your medication is affecting your weight, you can discuss this with your doctor. 

Ageing As we age, we tend to become less active and as a result, may lose muscle mass. Less activity can lower one’s metabolic rate. As we grow older, our metabolic rate naturally slows down.

Thyroid gland 

The thyroid gland plays an important part in weight loss as one of the things it regulates is the metabolic rate. Hypothyroidism means the thyroid gland is not functioning properly. Weight gain, tiredness, low energy levels, dry skin, muscle aches, cold hands and feet, foggy thinking, chills and hair loss. 

Good news! 

The Metabolic Weight Loss Programme has achieved excellent results with people coming to us who have struggled with any of the above factors and have had great success with losing weight.

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