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Monday, May 26, 2014

Youve probably heard people blame their weight on a slow metabolism, but what does that mean? Is metabolism really the culprit? Dr. Edward Hill talks about metabolism and its role in weight loss in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. Even when youre at rest, your body needs energy for all its hidden functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells.

It may be tempting to blame your metabolism for weight gain. But because metabolism is a natural process, your body generally balances it to meet your individual needs. Thats why if you try so-called starvation diets, your body compensates by slowing down these bodily processes and conserving calories for survival.

While you dont have much control over the speed of your metabolism, you can control how many calories you burn through your level of physical activity. The more active you are, the more calories you burn. In fact, some people who are said to have a fast metabolism are probably just more active.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.