What a year so far! So much going on in my life that often I don’t know which way is up! Huge changes have yet again derailed me. So I have taken time out to look after me and take stock of where I’m going and what I need to do to ensure my well being.
Anyway, what is still going well, is my commitment to the wfpb ( whole-food, plant-based) lifestyle. Not perfect, but it remains the core of what I do to be as healthy as I possibly can. I must be doing something right, because I feel physically healthier and have maintained my weight for months. What’s more, I know exactly what I need to do to lose more weight, if I choose to. However, I am happy with my current weight and feel comfortable in my own skin. Haven’t felt like this for many years.
I was recently wondering why some people seem to naturally maintain a healthy weight while others struggle. So I did a bit of research on the subject of metabolism.
What is Metabolism?
Metabolism covers the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients and oxygen to create energy. Your metabolic rate is the speed the metabolic actions occur and is measured in calories. So, in simple terms, a fast metabolism converts food into energy quicker than a slow metabolism.
So many things can affect our metabolic rate: our size and body composition; how active we are; how much sleep we’re getting and if we have a history of dieting. Some of us are born with a higher metabolism than others. I think all of us know someone who can eat what they want (or so it would appear) and never put on weight. I always thought I had a low metabolic rate (my excuse for easily gaining weight). However, it turns out that it’s a misconception that larger people have low metabolic rates. The larger they are, they actually need a higher metabolism to fuel their larger body.
If, like me, you have been a yo-yo dieter – losing weight fast and putting it back on even faster – your body will have replaced muscle with fat which hinders the metabolic process as muscle burns more calories than fat. Your resting metabolic rate will be lower the less muscle you have.
So, that’s a good reason to exercise and build muscle isn’t it? I wish I could catch the exercising bug! But, I look at it this way, even boring housework is moving the body and I deliberately make several trips up and down stairs while cleaning and tidying rather than one – that’s moving the body purposely, and every little helps
Just a short post today. Just a reminder that I am still around and a metaphorical kick up the backside to me to get back in to the habit of posting my blog. I was just thinking about why today? Where did the motivation come from to publish a post today? Well, it’s because I spent yesterday with wonderful friends, having a laugh while putting the world to rights. Laughter is great food for the soul and I came away feeling uplifted. These women and my family have my back. They don’t all share the wfpb lifestyle but they support me in my choices. For instance, a good friend bought a vegan coffee and walnut cake recently and as we live in the same village thought about inviting me down to share some with her. Until she read the ingredients and saw that it contained milk – she has my back and I really appreciate that!
Have a great day everyone and remember, we all can start somewhere and we can all choose to make little changes and build on them. Look after you.