Most people will have heard someone complain that their excess weight is down to a ‘slow metabolism’ – normally at the same time as that person is shovelling cake into their mouth…Metabolic rate is basically the speed at which your body converts food and drink into energy. There are diseases and conditions that slow a person’s metabolism, but these are rare, and most people’s weight is a matter of poor diet and a lack of exercise. That’s not to say that everyone’s metabolic rate is the same – it’s not – but there are very few people whose weight won’t respond to good diet and regular exercise. The factors that will affect your metabolism include your body size, your gender and your age. You can check your metabolic rate using the My Healthchecker tool. There are a handful of conditions that can cause metabolic problems, such as Cushing’s syndrome and hypothyroidism, so if you feel that you may have a problem thats not responding to lifestyle changes, go and see your GP.
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