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Does the rate of burning calories affect how you lose weight?

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Possibly. How fast you burn them is based on your metabolism -- chemical reactions that maintain your body. If you have a slow metabolism, your genes may be to blame. Or you may not have enough lean muscle mass. People with lean, muscular bodies burn more calories than people with a higher percentage of body fat. Other things that can affect how you burn calories:

  • Getting older. Your metabolism slows down about 2%-8% every decade. That may be from decreased muscle mass.
  • Eating too little. It sounds strange, but the truth is, if you skip meals or follow a very low-calorie diet, it can backfire by making you burn calories more slowly.

From: Why Can't I Lose Weight? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dong, F. , February 2014. International Journal of Translation & Community Medicine

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Metabolism Myths and Facts," "What Is Vitamin D?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What it Takes to Lose Weight," "What You Should Know Before You Start a Weight Loss Plan."

American Psychological Association: "Stress and Eating."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid and Weight."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Does When You Eat Impact Your Weight?" "Losing Weight with Sleep Apnea."

Obesity Action Coalition: "Putting the Science behind Exercise -- Workout Smarter, Not Harder."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Tips for a Healthy Breakfast," "Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain."

Vitamin D Council: "New study suggests vitamin D supplementation helps weight loss in obese and overweight people," "Am I deficient in vitamin D?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Dong, F. , February 2014. International Journal of Translation & Community Medicine

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Metabolism Myths and Facts," "What Is Vitamin D?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What it Takes to Lose Weight," "What You Should Know Before You Start a Weight Loss Plan."

American Psychological Association: "Stress and Eating."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid and Weight."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Does When You Eat Impact Your Weight?" "Losing Weight with Sleep Apnea."

Obesity Action Coalition: "Putting the Science behind Exercise -- Workout Smarter, Not Harder."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Tips for a Healthy Breakfast," "Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain."

Vitamin D Council: "New study suggests vitamin D supplementation helps weight loss in obese and overweight people," "Am I deficient in vitamin D?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 13, 2017

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